We are finally getting to the bottom of that mess up in Cuyahoga County:
Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora on Monday accused the U.S. Department of Justice of launching its local public corruption probe two years ago in a conspiracy with Republicans to undermine the Democratic turnout for Barack Obama.
Dimora said he and his lawyers will ask the Justice Department and Congress to investigate the motives behind the corruption probe, which became public last July when FBI agents raided the commissioner's home and office and the home and office of political ally Frank Russo, the county auditor.
"This is a Republican-driven prosecution," Dimora said during a late-afternoon news conference at the county administration building. He said he believes national Republican Party strategist Karl Rove helped initiate the probe.
That's right folks, Karl Rove is behind it all.
Which makes sense if you think about it. Because Cuyuhoga County doesn't have a history of political corruption or anything. So what else could be behind this effort except the dastardly politics of the GOP.
For those of you not familiar with the story, Dimora is trying to distract from the very serious mess he finds himself in:
Dimora's remarks come weeks after federal prosecutors released documents that make it clear that prosecutors believe he and Russo are at the center of a pay-to-play political system that involves millions of dollars in public contracts.
Prosecutors did not name Dimora or Russo -- neither of whom have been charged with a crime -- but two people identified in the documents as Public Official 1 and Public Official 2 are so clearly defined that they cannot be anyone else.
The documents say the commissioner and auditor repeatedly enriched and entertained themselves with cash from businesses that received lucrative contracts. In one instance, prosecutors said, they swapped a government contract for a free gambling junket in Las Vegas.
The documents also say that people seeking favors from Dimora provided him with unidentified personal services.
You have to hand it to the Nixon like Dimora:
"I'm not an angel but I'm not a crook," he said. "I have not done anything that any other public official hasn't done."
Among other reasons, he said, prosecutors targeted him because of his Italian heritage and his large girth.
The last half of the first sentence really doesn't help in this case; that is a pretty low bar in Cleveland. but who knew the Feds were after over-weight Italians?
You have to think the Democrats in Ohio probably don't find this whole show all that funny. And obviously corruption is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.