The next big scandal, maybe?

I was reading The Purgegate Primer written by one of my favorite bloggers, Defective Yeti (Matthew Baldwin), when I noticed a link to the article below.

By the way, I loved this part he wrote about the attorney scandal: “For scandal connoisseurs like me, this perfectly illustrates why Purgegate has been such a treat: Nearly everything the principal players have done to mitigate the damage has somehow made things worse. For example, Gonzales uses the phrase “mistakes were made” to avoid having to specify what the mistakes were and who made them, but in doing so links this case and Watergate in the minds of those familiar with the phrase. It’s like every time they put their hands behind their backs to cover their asses, they get punched in the gut.”

Why do I love it? Because I have a great mental image of what happens when they put their hands over their bellies after getting punched. ;)

Panel Asks Rove for Information on ’08 Election Presentation
By Scott Higham and Robert O’Harrow Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, March 30, 2007; Page A05

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sought more information yesterday about a presentation by a White House aide given to political appointees at the General Services Administration that discussed targeting 20 Democratic congressional candidates in the next election.

In a letter to White House political affairs director Karl Rove, the committee chairman, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), asked about the Jan. 26 videoconference by Rove deputy J. Scott Jennings, which was directed to the chief of the GSA and as many as 40 agency officials stationed around the country.

Jennings’s 28-page presentation included 2006 election results and listed the names of Democratic candidates considered beatable and Republican lawmakers thought to need help. At a hearing Wednesday about the GSA, Waxman said the presentation and follow-up remarks allegedly made by agency chief Lurita Alexis Doan may have violated the Hatch Act, a law that restricts federal agencies and employees from using their positions for political purposes.

In yesterday’s letter, Waxman asked Rove who prepared the presentation and whether Rove or Jennings consulted with anyone about whether it might be in violation of the Hatch Act. Waxman also asked whether Rove or any members of his staff have given the same or similar PowerPoint presentations to political appointees at other government agencies.

The PowerPoint presentation was a focus of Waxman’s hearing Wednesday into Doan’s 10-month tenure and into allegations that she has acted inappropriately. Doan denied the allegations at the hearing.

Six political appointees at the GSA who participated in the videoconference said Doan asked at the conclusion how the agency could help GOP candidates win in the next elections, according to a letter Waxman sent to Doan.

During the hearing, Doan said at least 10 times that she does not recall asking employees to help the GOP or does not recall details about the presentation.

Read the rest of this Washington Post article HERE.

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