14 June 2006

Imprisoned GOP Official Speaks Out

A follow-up to this post about the Bush campaign official who was sent to prison for breaking the law (i.e. being a Republican):

(from Wes)

For nearly a decade, Allen Raymond stood at the top ranks of Republican Party power.

But most recently, Raymond has been in prison. And for that, he blames himself, but also says he was part of a Republican political culture that emphasizes hardball tactics and polarizing voters.

"A lot of people look at politics and see it as the guy who wins is the guy who unifies the most people," he said. "I would disagree. I would say the candidate who wins is the candidate who polarizes the right bloc of voters. You always want to polarize somebody."

...he said he got caught up in an ultra-aggressive atmosphere in which he initially thought the decision to jam the phones "pushed the envelope" but was legal. He also said he had been reluctant to turn down a prominent official of the RNC, fearing that would cost him future opportunities from an organization that was becoming increasingly ruthless.


And now you know how the GOP works (in case you're one of the sad many who doesn't). There's always a sycophant willing to sacrifice ethics for personal gain ("loyalty" if you need to translate into Republican).

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