Karl "Benedict Arnold" Rove Supports Candidate
Who GOP PAID to Run for Lt. Governor of Maryland
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Well, the GOP is temporarily succeeding at making treason appear normal
and fully acceptable when the national security is damaged by a Republican.
Because Republicans are "good people" who betray the country out of
divine inspiration, not malice.
So Karl Rove spent the evening of July 26th at a fundraiser for Michael Steele,
the African American Lt. Governor of Maryland, who the GOP is hoping will siphon
off enough black votes in the next Governor's election to keep the Governor's
BuzzFlash happened to be out in Maryland during the 2002 election and remembered
reading an odd story: the GOP was paying Steele -- yes, as in a salary -- to
run! No, we are not making this up.
In fact, here is some of the August 27, 2002, Baltimore Sun article that broke
The Maryland Republican Party
is paying Michael S. Steele $5,000 a month in consulting fees under
an arrangement that began shortly after his selection as gubernatorial
candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s running mate.
Although the payments appear legal, Democrats said the GOP's contract with
Steele raises ethical questions and suggests the party might be subsidizing
the living expenses of a candidate for statewide office.
"It looks to me like they've hired themselves a candidate," said David Paulson,
a spokesman for the state Democratic Party.
Steele - who held the unpaid position of Republican Party chairman when he
was tapped to run for lieutenant governor - defended the consulting arrangement
yesterday, saying he negotiated the deal as a way to continue working on
party issues while he campaigns. The contract was not a condition of his
candidacy, he said.
"I have a consulting business.
I have consulting clients. I have to take care of my family," he said. "The
state is paying (the salary of Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend)
while she is running for governor. So what's the difference?"
said "there's something obscene" about the arrangement. "They
are paying a guy to be on this ticket whose very presence is being used
by Ehrlich and Republicans as a show of diversity," he said of Steele,
who is black. "They are the ones who call it the 'opportunity ticket.'
We just didn't know how much of an opportunity it was."
July 1 that Steele, 43, would be his running mate, and Steele promptly
took a leave of absence as party chairman. Campaign finance
records show that he received his first $5,000 consulting payment from
the GOP on July 26.
So Tuesday night in Washington,
a man who betrayed the national security of America, with the apparent
blessings of Bush, helped raise money for a candidate that the GOP PAID
to run for office.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS