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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Zombyboy: Fortuneteller extraordinaire

I look deep into the future by reading the cards, poking about in the tea leaves, and discussing my findings with that head in Pee Wee Herman’s playhouse. Would you like to know what I’ve found?

Congressman Renzi is going to be spending some time enjoying (with apologies to Office Space) Federal pound ‘em in the ass prison.

A federal grand jury in Arizona has indicted three-term Republican Congressman Rick Renzi and two of his business associates on charges that include wire fraud, money laundering, insurance fraud and extortion.

The 35-count indictment alleges that between December 2001 and March 2002, Renzi embezzled $400,000 in insurance premiums from a company that he owned and transferred the money to his congressional campaign.

Renzi transferred ownership of the company, called Patriot Insurance Agency Inc., to his wife in 2004.

The lawmaker is also accused of enriching himself by compelling a copper mining interest, referred to as “Company A” in the indictment, to buy a parcel of land from his associate James Sandlin in exchange for his sponsorship of legislation sought by Company A.

When negotiations for the sale were stalled, Renzi allegedly told Company A “no Sandlin Property, no bill.”

And, unless he can prove himself innocent of these charges, he’ll deserve that prison sentence richly. I applaud and agree with House Majority Leader Boehner’s encouraging Renzi to step down. He’s not only an embarrassment to Republicans, he will also be completely ineffective in his role as an elected official. Fight these charges on your own time and, if you can clear your name, make your political comeback later. Until that time, you aren’t welcome.

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