When Will The Rats Run?
In Wisconsin the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a hired gun of the sitting Governor, Jim Doyle, lobbied members of the State Election Board to make it look as though GOP candidate Mark Green had broken campaign finance laws.
Reading the trail of (lawyerspeak) e-mails, one sees that the gun was definitely careful of certain things. He made sure he never talked to more than 3 of the members of the board (so it wouldn't be a "meeting"), even gave them a list of what the board needed to find at it's meeting, and how to word it so it looked like they weren't changing the rules.
While the Doyle camp's explaination that "anyone can contact the elections board" is technically true, not many people would include phrases like "even if this ends up in court it's a PR victory for us..." and "I have also been told that the Gov's Campaign and the Dem Party and others will give you cover on this in the media-not like what happened on the HAVA same day registration"
Evidently the cover wasn't good enough, since now two district attorneys, and possibly the feds are looking into the meeting to see if it was rigged.
Charlie Sykes has much more over on his weblog.
Then, south of the Cheesestate border, it was reported in the Chicago Tribune that Governor Blagojevich knew that a person who gave a $1,500 "gift" either for one daughters birthday or the others christening wanted a state job. He also acknowledged that he talked to his chief of staff about finding her one. The woman is now working as an adminstrator for a state department, even though she failed the state hiring exam.
While Blago is still claiming the $1,500 and the job aren't connected, he's put himself into a pretty tight hole. The feds are breathing down his administration's neck, and the GOP is getting ready to spend a ton of money on "connect the dot" type commercials painting him as a corrupt and ethically challenged governor.
Adding to the Democrats woes in Illinois, the feds raided Cook County offices in an expanding investigation into the hiring practices of the county.
Given that the general election is only 7 weeks away, expect the see the GOP dump money into both states Governor races. Wisconsin and Illinois' 8th congressional districts are up for grabs, and likely could be big in who controls congress.
Anyone on the left who thinks the right won't start linking congressional candidates to the ethically challenged governors has their heads in the sand; especially considering they are trying to liken the rights candidates to George Bush.
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