Jack Hawke: I'll work for any bat-shit crazy candidate, as long as he does what I say
The sick state of North Carolina's Republican Party came into sharp relief this week when one its masters of sleaze, Jack Hawke, resigned as an adviser to Paraclete, aka Tim D'Annunzio, aka Jesus Christ. Steve wrote about this yesterday, as have others, but I want to cover it from a different angle.
As you know by now, D'Annunzio is a Republican candidate of Congress, running in the 8th district to unseat Larry Kissell. Up until now, the full-time war profiteer and part-time blogger has been operating under the guiding hand of Jack Hawke, a GOP operative and long-standing ringleader in Art Pope's Puppetshow. Hawke had warned D'Annunzio to keep his lunatic late-night rantings to himself.
Hawke said he parted ways in part over D'Annunzio's posts on a blog called "Christ's War," which combines politics with Biblical references and end-times theology. Hawke said he advised the candidate to take it down after a February Observer story quoted passages from it. It disappeared from public view for a while but then reappeared. Another news story about the blog ran Thursday in Raleigh's News & Observer.
"He took it down, told me it was down and down to stay," said Hawke, who advised former Gov. Jim Martin and gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory. "Next I knew it was in the N&O telling me it was back up. ... I don't think any candidate should get up at 3 or 4 in the morning, sit down in front of a computer and pour your heart out. It's just not a smart thing to do."
Hawke isn't upset that his client is a freakin' lunatic with a Christ complex. He isn't bothered that D'Annunzio is also a paranoid war-profiteer. No, none of that matters to Jack Hawke. His only concern is that voters might actually discover the true colors of the nut job he was working for.
And then Hawke and D'Annunzio both have to lie about the whole sick affair.
Hawke says the two "mutually parted ways." D'Annunzio spokeswoman Lauren Slepian said, "No one was fired, and no one quit."
"The change was initiated by Tim, but agreed to by Jack, that Tim would take full control over future strategy," she said in an e-mail. "Jack is still an informal advisor. ... We're taking his advice on a new TV ad that we'll have up on the air by Monday."
Jack Hawke is a political whore, pure and simple. He would have raked in the wacko's money from here to Sunday if Paraclete had taken his blog down for the duration. Talk about sick.
PS Dave Ribar's comment at Ed's place summarizes this nicely:
It also speaks volumes about Jack Hawke that he was willing to work for a candidate who held these views. Hawke only withdrew when the candidate insisted on revealing those views.