How to succeed in politics without really trying:
During the recent primary, Holding's chief opponent, Paul Coble, a former Raleigh mayor, echoed the Edwards defense team in calling the prosecution politically motivated. He told Main Justice there was "no question Holding thought those two cases would take him to the U.S. Congress." Holding has repeatedly denied such claims.
I'm sure many reading this think John Edwards deserves to be spanked (maybe hard) for his behavior. But thirty years? Really? Even armed robbery doesn't (normally) generate that kind of prison sentence. And for those who refrained from making the observation I just did for fear they would be labeled an Edwards-lover (or whatever), there's a huge gap between being an apologist and being a realist. Don't be afraid to be the latter.
Also, I wonder how George Holding would have approached this matter:
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) acknowledged that his ex-wife, Kimberly Vertolli, accused him of hiding payments made from his re-election account during the 2010 election cycle to his then-girlfriend, Dodie McCracken. The story was first reported by the Chicago Tribune early Tuesday.
Vertolli, in a complaint she filed with the Federal Election Commission late last year, contends that Kirk’s campaign intentionally obscured $143,000 it paid McCracken, a public relations professional who previously worked in Kirk’s Illinois office, because she received the money as a subcontractor for an ad agency with which the campaign regularly did business.
Okay, I don't normally inject jokes into serious stuff like this, but: I just got an evil look from the librarian, because when I read the name of the third point in the love triangle above, the phrase "Release the McCracken!" echoed through my head, and I barked a laugh.
And yes, I'm easily entertained. ;)