Had enough political cronyism? Tired of seeing corrupt former partners in cynical private sector business deals appointed to positions of power in government?
The left-leaning Slate.com is. The blog came down hard on Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s appointment of a GreenTech executive who admitted he lied to investigators about criminal activity during a Wisconsin election.
An article at Slate on Wednesday headlined “Terry McAuliffe Begins His Reign of Sleaze” reported:
McAuliffe has now appointed Levar Stoney, a GreenTech employee and McAuliffe’s former deputy campaign manager, to be secretary of the commonwealth. Aside from the whole GreenTech ethics investigation, in 2004 Stoney was embroiled in a scandal involving Democratic operatives who slashed the tires of vans meant to drive Republican voters in Milwaukee County to the polls
The story quoted from an earlier story about Stoney’s appointment to the Cabinet position.
“’I wasn’t going to try and get my friends, my colleagues, in trouble. Nor was I going to get the Democratic Party in trouble as well,’” Stoney was quoted as saying in the Slate piece, adding:
But as soon as FBI agents began calling him in Virginia, he decided to come clean about what happened on the morning of the election.
Sowande Omokunde, son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and three others were convicted of criminal damage to property. Stoney, who returned to Virginia after the 2004 election, was not charged.
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy did not respond to arequest for comment. Stoney, who told the Milwaukee jury that he “wanted to become a U.S. senator one day,” could not be reached.
Cross-posted from Watchdog.org