FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Gary Locke: New Commerce pick, guy with a brother-in-law.
Yeah, you know where that last bit's going.
[UPDATE]: (Via Ed’s original post) John Huang? John Huang?
OK, that’s it. Somebody from the White House give me a call. I will personally pick out a Commerce Secretary for you. It will be a liberal Democrat, with no skeletons in his or her closet – I’m actually leaning towards her at this point – and nothing that will make the GOP freak out. As God as my witness, I will not play any partisan games. This is a legitimate offer.
Because you people are embarrassing me with this, that’s why.
Kind of the point, really.
LET’S SAY YOU’RE Gov. Gary Locke’s brother-in-law. You bunk at the governor’s mansion. You commute to your nearby job as an executive of a private technology firm.
uring your two years with the firm, the governor signs a bill giving your company a tax break, personally intervenes in a dispute involving your company, shows up for a party there, and signs a federal loan application for your company, whose founders—your bosses—pay at least two visits to the mansion.
At the same time, your company rakes in millions in state aid, lands a fat state technology contract, and is allowed to use government credit authority to float new loans (an authority illegally granted, as a state auditor’s report will reveal this week).
Are you getting gubernatorial favors that average citizens don’t get?
Naaaw, says the governor.
So, where have I heard this before?
Oh, right, Rahm Emanuel and his lobbyist landlord. We were told that there was nothing untoward about that mixing of habitation and business, too. Just another example of how the Other America conducts its business.
So don’t worry about it, OK?
Crossposted to Moe Lane.