When it rains, it pours. While I was busy chasing alligators around a swamp in South Carolina, Pat McHenry was having the worst week of his life.
First his roomie and former campaign staffer Michael Aaron Lay gets indicted for voter fraud.
Then on Monday a Republican blogspot posts a 2004 photo of McHenry with a report that he's surrounded by underage drunk Young Republicans for whom his campaign allegedly provided the beer. (The lollipop was his reward for winning a Catawba County straw poll he fixed by bussing in said YRs.)
Then Pat's pitbull attack dog (and former chief of staff) Jason Deans gets outed for a number of DUIs and a manslaughter charge.
Here's the outing:
Jason Deans experience with the criminal justice system comes not from a law school education, but rather from his own experience as a criminal defendant. Jason Deans was charged in the past with killing a man in an automobile wreck. Since then Mr. Deans has had a checkered past as he has been cited numerous times for traffic violations and spent a good deal of time in our state’s criminal courts.
And, in case you were feeling sorry for Mr. Deans, read his lovely comparison of the extended two-year voter fraud investigation of Lay to the rush-to-judgment Duke Lacrosse rape case (from the Shelby Star):
“This is the culmination of a three-year smear campaign against Congressman McHenry, his campaign workers and supporters,” said Jason Deans, a spokesman for McHenry’s political campaign. “This case is much like the Duke lacrosse case in that a politically motivated district attorney sought an indictment against a young man without even granting him an interview.”
And that's just what the Republicans are saying about him!
Oh, remember that money-laundering indictment I told you about several weeks ago (before anyone else, may I brag?) Well, those rumor haven't died. They've recently been confirmed.
Are we having fun yet?