Pat's bad week

McHenry teen drunksWhen 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?

[Crossposted at Scru Hoo and Pat Go Bye Bye]

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But Bell told Roll Call that he is simply finishing an investigation started by his predecessor.

"I inherited an investigation," Bell said. "In 2004, I supported McHenry. I was one of his big contributors."

Campaign finance records show that R.L. Bell of Gastonia gave McHenry $250 in 2004.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

"Keep the Faith"

I covered that story this way:

Why did it take two years?

Unlike you, I don't have the time to cross post everything I write to all the places where it might be of interest!!!!

I doubt very seriously that former district attorney Mike Lands did much of anything. Also, at least Bell brought down the indictment.

There's a lot more there. I don't know what to believe of what everyone's telling me but there's a lot, lot more to come. Do you think for a minute Michael Aaron Lay is going to ruin his future without taking down those above him? Do you think for a minute that McHenry and his busy buddy, Dee Stewart aren't up to their necks in a pattern of questionable Rovian registration "techniques"?

It's my understanding that the Stewart Group had ties to Liddy (that were just recently severed (after the subpoenas started flying). Know anything about that?


 
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see what happens

when I show my knowledge? I get bowled over by someone who was out of town for a week!

I will look into the Dole stuff, and see what I can find. But yeah, you are right, ill bet there is a lot more there.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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Well, I have been watching this story

for some time. Just couldn't get anything much on the record. My first actual story on it was Friday morning as I headed out the door and I thought it was so lame (with only two sources who know each other well) that I didn't even post it here.

But here's the background and some speculation that I pieced together.

 
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Republican death wish

Maybe it's just that death is in the air with the Falwell thing, or it maybe it has to do with some unresolved Oedipal business with Pat's momma and daddy, but the guy sure seems to have a death (figurative) wish.

Just like Delay . . . pushing beyond the limits of decency and integrity. Pushing beyond the limits of the law. Thumbing his nose at the good people who believed his happy horseshit.

My advice to little Pat? Resign. Tell the world you want to spend more time with your "family" if you can find a family that will take you. But do it . . . and do it soon.

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If he resigns, who gets to appoint his successor?

I think these guys are so arrogant they thought the power would last forever. They forgot that some Republicans actually do their jobs and prosecute crimes. They forgot that public opinion is fairly fickle. They forgot that other Republicans that might want to run against them would have a say during primary season. They forgot that some people can't be intimidated.

Hats off to the Republicans who are cleaning their own house in this case. For weeks, I've been asking around in Democratic circles at the Gaston County level and higher up and no one thought anything of these charges. Maybe we can follow their example and get rid of the dead weight and downright despicable types in our party . . . You think we could actually have a democracy at work here?
 
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I think that

it would require a special election since it is a house seat.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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Thank God

I thought you were going to say something about the state's Republican party a la the fiasco of county party officers and precinct chairs (and vice chairs?) that replace NC house and senate candidates. . . .
 
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There was talk

of a special election fund meant just for Arizona if Renzi resigned. Maybe we will see something similar here.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Liddy 44 Brad 33

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Terrible News

We don't want all of this to come out before the primary ...

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I'd like a Democrat to beat McHenry

not a Republican ...

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Sam's right

We need to keep Pat on life support until after the primary. So starting right now, let's don't tell the people of his district they elected a hypocritical gay fratty-bagger who lured young men into participatiing in voter fraud and money laundering.

To my knowledge.