Monday, January 14, 2008



Carona-- with the indicted wife in the background

Last October there were a flurry of articles about one of California's most corrupt non-Congressional politician, Mike Carona, the Republican Sheriff of Orange County, once considered the heir apparent to Schwarzenegger-- lauded in the clueless media as "America's Sheriff," which was as stupid, asinine and dangerous as the same idiots lauding Giuliani as "America's Mayor." As I mentioned last Halloween, the level of corruption among Carona and his gang of deputized GOP thugs (the self-styled "Team Forever") would even make fellow Republicans like Duke Cunningham, John Doolittle, Duncan Hunter, Dick Pombo, Darrell Issa, even Jerry Lewis blush with it's crassness and magnitude. Back then he was absolutely refusing to resign.

Today's L.A. Times reports on his long overdue resignation.
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona said this morning he is resigning his office, effective today, to concentrate on fighting federal corruption charges that he sold access to his office for thousands of dollars in gifts and kickbacks.

Carona's longtime political adviser and attorney, Michael Schroeder, said at a news conference this morning that Carona's resignation was in no way an indication that the three-term sheriff intends to plead guilty, and that "no new evidence had popped up" to cause him to step down...

Prosecutors allege that Carona tried to enrich himself, his wife and his mistress by trading favors for cash and gifts.

His resignation comes a week after he had returned to work following a self-imposed leave of absence. In early November, he announced he was taking 60 days of paid leave. Soon after, he, his wife, Deborah, and a woman whom authorities describe as his longtime mistress, Debra Hoffman, were indicted in a federal corruption case.

Carona faces conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering charges; his wife is charged with one count of conspiracy; and Hoffman, one count of conspiracy, four counts of mail fraud and three counts of bankruptcy fraud.

Before resigning today, Carona promoted Assistant Sheriff Jack Anderson to second-in command, leaving Anderson to fill in for him until the Board of Supervisors appoint a successor to complete Carona's term, which ends in 2011...

"Politicians calling for his resignation played absolutely no role in this," Steward said. "The most important thing was we need Mike on a daily basis and we got used to having him in the 60-day period he took off. We need his continued help in the defense. It's very, very time-consuming."

A Times readers poll this morning shows that 80% of respondents think the resignation is "long overdue" and that "he should have done it when he was indicted." A little less than 7% of respondents thought his resignation was "a shame" and that "he's innocent until proven guilty." He has even less support that George Bush.

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At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, this begs the question....if this particular individual had a "D" next to his name, would you be blogging about the corruption and his resignation? Or would you just quietly ignore it as if it never happened?

At 11:38 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Apparently you're new to DWT. We routinely attack corrupt Democrats and my guess is that we've probably spent more time on attacking Rahm Emanuel, for example, than on almost anyone other than Bush. Nice try though.

At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To put it another way, when was the last time you blogged with such enthusiasm about a corrupt Democrat resigning from their office? (The last time I checked, Rep. Emanuel is still in Congress and is running for re-election unopposed in 2008.)

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From my point of view, I think the enthusiasm here (flosson?) is reserved for Tyrranists. Arriana Huffington's, "Pigs at the Trough" labeled and predicted the Bush2 admin. Only a Republican Theocracy could find a way to take from the poor and give to the rich. The people in power usually get the most late night jokes and go to jail. The Democrats will be up next and I bet it will be embarrassing as well. But hopefully embarrassing in the Clinton "little head" sense; Alan Greenspan called Clinton a remarkably effective president. What can we say? Democrats like sex?

I don't like Rahm Emanuel, he has often been wrong and spent a lot of campaign dollars flogging dead dogs and opposing the peoples' candidates who often won anyway, but we don't know that he is corrupt. Perhaps in addition to corruption, an operative word here would be hypocrisy. And some big Democrats who have been failing their hypocrisy test are Feinstein, Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer and they have been enthusiastically blogged.

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it curious how many of these criminal goopers are aided and abetted by their spouses and, in some cases, children.

I guess its all part of those rethug family values.


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