February 21, 2008

mccain-renzi.thumbnail.jpg (corrected title) The hits just keep on coming.

Republican Rep. Richard Renzi of Arizona was indicted on 35 criminal counts, including conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and official extortion stemming from land deals in his state, Justice Department officials said on Friday.

The indictment stemmed from plans by Renzi and an associate, a real estate investor, to benefit from a land-exchange deal in Arizona in return for Renzi's support for necessary federal legislation, court documents said.


DWT: Renzi is a close ally of McCain's, of course-- birds of a feather-- and is part of the McCain campaign leadership team. As soon as the long-anticipated indictment was handed down, McCain immediately took down the website page that mentions Renzi being on the team.

Matt: "Renzi is member of Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) National Leadership Team as well as a co-chair of his Arizona Leadership Team."


Silent Patriot: What a damaging week for the McCain campaign, huh? His three most "attractive" selling points -- campaign finance reform, fierce anti-lobbyist stance, and support for the Glorious surge -- are crumbling around him. First we learned he was positioning himself to game the FEC by using taxpayer money to bail out his campaign, then we learned about his ethically dubious relationship with a young, attractive female lobbyist, then we learned that Muqtada al-Sadr essentially controls the fate of Iraq when he (thankfully) agreed to continue abiding by the cease-fire. Saint McCain's not even the nominee yet and his three strongest legs have been taken out in a matter of 72 hours. Should make for a fun 8 months.

Any chance Willard will revive his "suspended" campaign?

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