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Gabe Santos: “I am not a liar”

Crooks of a feather...

Gabe Santos is channelling Richard Nixon

That statement by Council Member Gabe Santos at the City Council meeting of June 14th reminds me of President Richard Nixon’s televised statement, “I am not a crook.”

I don’t know if Gabe Santos is a crook, but I do know that he is a liar — no matter how much he protests to the contrary.

During the discussion of the amendment to the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act that now allows for the first $5,000 in contributions and/or expenditures to issue committees to remain hidden, Santos decided to reference an earlier ballot issue. He had the gall to make the pronouncement that there was some doubt whether those signatures were gathered truthfully.

Santos was referencing the highly unpopular and undesirable annexation in 2007 of the LifeBridge development. Liars should not be allowed to have their lies stand unchallenged.

The following are my remarks at final Public Invited to be Heard.

Let me make something perfectly clear, especially to Mr. Santos and his friends and associates who leave comments to articles on the Times-Call or who otherwise write.

The referendum to overturn the annexation of the LifeBridge development garnered more signatures than needed — over 6,000 signatures. LifeBridge did a telephone poll to test the community waters and as a result pulled its application for annexation.

Your people, and they are your people, have taken to saying the signers of that petition were lied to.

The only people who are lying are those who make that statement.

It was that statement that prompted Santos to proclaim that he was not a LIAR. Sorry, Mr. Santos, you are not to be believed — on this and on any number of other matters.

Bag of Hammers

Your Tom DeLay tactics have been on display from the dais from the day you were sworn in. Most in the community won’t recognize them because you are slick, not to mention devious. The list could be longer, but here’s a start. You manipulate discussions and city staff with select questions that are intended to elicit only the responses that you want. And whenever possible, you attribute your motives to something the community would not likely reject, while concealing your true motives and intentions.

I’ve watched you and other council members for almost four years. I know mendacity when I see it. Mr. Santos, you and the rest of your cabal, reek of it.

You do Tom DeLay proud, Gabe Santos. Keep it up and you might end up a felon just like your former boss. He became overly cocky and now he’s facing a prison sentence.

Tom DeLay: The Hammer is Nailed

In reporting on the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Wednesday of two felonies, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering, the New York Times reports the facts of the case which were never in dispute:

• In mid-September 2002, Tom DeLay’s state political action committee, Texans for a Republican Majority, gave a check for $190,000 to the Republican National Committee. The money had been donated earlier in the year by various corporate lobbyists seeking to influence Mr. DeLay.

• On Sept. 13, the check was delivered to the RNC by Jim Ellis, who was Mr. DeLay’s top political operative in Washington and headed his federal political action committee.

• At the same meeting, Ellis also gave the Republican director of political operations, Terry Nelson, a list of state candidates and an amount to be sent to each. Nelson testified that Ellis had told him the request for the swap had come from DeLay.

• In early October, donations were sent from a separate account filled with individual donations to seven Republican candidates in Texas. Six of them won. Republicans took control of the Legislature for the first time in modern history and in 2003 pushed through a redistricting plan, orchestrated by DeLay, that sent more Texas Republicans to Congress in 2004 and helped him consolidate power.

The prosecution had to prove that 1) the money had been obtained through an illegal activity before it was laundered and that 2) DeLay played a leading role in the plan and intended to break the Texas election law from the moment his political operatives solicited the donations.

As the Times reports, “During the last day of deliberations, the jurors asked for transcripts of Mr. DeLay’s interview with prosecutors in 2005, in which he said he knew about the swap in advance. ‘Jim Ellis told me he was going to do it before he did it,’ Mr. DeLay said in the interview.”

It is, of course, no surprised that DeLay has insisted and continues to insist that he has not been prosecuted, but persecuted, and that this whole matter is nothing more than the “criminalization of politics.” However, the jury consisted of a Republican, six Democrats, two independent conservatives and three independent liberals. There were ample opportunities to hang the jury had not all of them been convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that DeLay was, indeed, guilty of the charges leveled against him.

As the New York Times editorial points out, “During his tenure leading House Republicans, Mr. DeLay established a new low in ethical conduct among Congressional leaders. He put family members on his campaign payroll, took lavish trips paid for by lobbyists and twisted the arms of K Street lobbyists to ante up and donate to his party’s candidates and hire more Republicans.”

Although the NYT laments “the unbridled, unaccountable influence of big money in political campaigns” and celebrates that “a Texas jury stood up for honesty in campaign finance on Wednesday and convicted Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, of money laundering,” it warns that thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission “there are now many new ways for politicians to commit acts similar to those for which Mr. DeLay was convicted, all of them perfectly legal.”

DeLay faces a possible sentence of five to 99 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine on the money laundering charge, and two to 20 years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine on the conspiracy charge. Judge Pat Priest has wide discretion in sentencing the former majority leader. No one expects anything close to the maximum and some reports even indicate that probation is a possibility. Sentencing is set for December 20th. And, of course, appeals are certain.

Outside the courthouse after the verdict, DeLay insisted that the entire matter was an “abuse of power” and the results were a “miscarriage of justice.” Such accusations are predictable from a man and his party who repeatedly insist upon attributing behavior to others where that behavior is rampant by that party and its adherents.

Tom DeLay, who was known as the Hammer for his brass-knuckles, no-holds-barred style during 20 years in the House of Representatives, has finally been nailed.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

BREAKING NEWS!!!

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay convicted of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Houston Press reports, “The jury clearly didn’t buy his argument and now DeLay is potentially facing life in prison on money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering charges. DeLay is accused of channeling $190,000 in corporate money through his Texans for a Republican Majority PAC in 2002 to aid GOP candidates.”

This song is going to take on a new meaning:

(hat tip to SquareState for the song reference!)