Thin as a ... Reid

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  • 10/18/2006
Here's what Maurice Hinchey (D-Inflated Ego) said about Les Crawford's misdemeanor plea:

"Based on Lester Crawford's apparent disregard for the law, we must find out what other improper actions he took while leading the FDA, which may not necessarily have been illegal, but were inappropriate or unethical. The American public has the right to know what else Lester Crawford may have done in office that could have lasting, detrimental effects on the FDA. "

We could apply that same standard to lots of public officials. Like Harry Reid for instance. Or maybe Hinchey's own dealings with the casino interests allied with Indian tribes in his own Sullivan County. According to the AP the entire Indian casino process is just a pass through for non-Indian interests:

"The tribal preference law gives Indian-owned companies and Seneca joint ventures cost breaks over non-Indian firms on casino projects. But most of the joint venture companies are using Senecas only as brokers or consultants, according to a review by the newspaper of casino contracts, as well as interviews with Seneca leaders, contractors and disgruntled Senecas."

Nothing illegal here. But maybe there is something inappropriate or unethical. Applying Hinchey's sanctimonious standards we can ask....What did Hinchey know about these deals and when did he know it?

As the highly moral Maurice says:

"Leadership starts at the top. "

Or does it start by looking in the mirror?

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