Karl Rove's connections to the imprisonment of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman

As many of you may know, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was convicted in 2006 on corruption charges, and he was sentenced to seven years in prison. However, even prior to this case, there is growing evidence that not only was this case contrived on political motives, but also part of a concerted effort to discredit him long before this case. This Sunday, CBS will air a 60 Minutes special showing how far Karl Rove went to discredit him in favor of one of his political allies, current Alabama Governor Bob Riley. Please read, recommend, and take action--more political indictments from the GOP are reportedly scheduled to take place in Alabama following the 60 Minutes special!
Take time to revisit the many instances in which due process was circumvented during the 2002 Alabama Gubernatorial election, in which Siegelman was denied a recount after a electronic voting malfunction. Also, consider the timeline of this controversy, as it involves many GOP operatives and ranking members--from Karl Rove to Bill Canary, from to Bob Riley and Bill Pryor. The evidence of political misconduct does not bode well for the GOP. Scott Horton of Harper's Magazine has done a superb job in revealing the connection between the attorney scandal and Sigeleman's case. Another allegation has come from a former Alabama Republican lawyer and operative Jill Simpson, who testified of the political motivations in Siegelman's case, is also claiming that Rove "asked her to take compromising pictures of... Gov. Siegelman," as part of a coordinate smear campaign to discredit Siegelman during the 2002 election. Now it is reported that members of Alabama GOP and Riley camp are targeting the journalists, including Horton, who have broke the story. The timing of this is related to new allegations to be released on CBS 60 Minutes airing this Sunday. Not only are they going after the journalists, it is reported that more political indictments are expected in the wake of the 60 Minutes special:
Sources say perhaps nine Democrats will be dragged from the floor of the Legislature in handcuffs, and that the Alabama wing of the Bush Justice Department is trying to include one Republican lawmaker among the indictments to make it appear the two-year college probe - reported on ad nauseum by Alabama's corporate, chain press - is non-partisan.

The GOP political hit machine needs to be dismantled in every state. It is not only a matter of providing due process and justice for a man convicted on political charges, it is also a matter of restoring integrity to the process of our democracy. I encourage each of you to take action and spread the word. please rec this so more people can get involved and please watch the CBS 60 Minutes special this Sunday!

Tags: 60 Minutes, Alabama, CBS, corruption, Don Siegelman, GOP, Karl Rove, scandal (all tags)



Re: Karl Rove

Good to see even Rethugs are now having pangs of conscience....

GOP Operative: Rove Sought To Smear Dem
60 Minutes: Woman Says Top Bush Adviser Asked Her To Take
Compromising Pictures Of Alabama Gov. Siegelman
NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2008

(CBS) A Republican operative in Alabama says Karl Rove asked her to
try to prove the state's Democratic governor was unfaithful to his
wife in an effort to thwart the highly successful politician's re-

Rove's attempt to smear Don Siegelman was part of a Republican
campaign to ruin him that finally succeeded in imprisoning him, says
the operative, Jill Simpson.

Simpson speaks to Scott Pelley in her first television interview, to
be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Simpson spoke to Pelley because, she says, Siegelman's seven-year
sentence for bribery bothers her. She recalls what Rove, then
President Bush's senior political adviser, asked her to do at a 2001
meeting in this exchange from Sunday's report.

"Karl Rove asked you to take pictures of Siegelman?" asks Pelley.

"Yes," replies Simpson.

"In a compromising, sexual position with one of his aides," clarifies

"Yes, if I could," says Simpson.

Simpson says she found no evidence of infidelity despite months of
observation. She tells Pelley that Rove, who had been a top
Republican strategist in Alabama, had made requests for information
from her before in her capacity as an "opposition researcher" for
Republicans running for office.

Rove would not speak to 60 Minutes, but elsewhere has denied being
involved in efforts to discredit Siegelman.

Siegelman was convicted of bribery in a case that has drawn criticism
from Democrats and Republicans. In fact, 52 former states' attorneys
general from both political parties petitioned Congress to
investigate Siegelman's case, resulting in hearings held last fall.

"I haven't seen a case with this many red flags on it that pointed
towards a real injustice being done," Grant Woods, the former
Republican attorney general of Arizona and one of those who
petitioned Congress, tells Pelley. "I personally believe that what
happened here is that they targeted Don Siegelman because they could
not beat him fair and square."

Siegelman was the only politician in Alabama history to be elected to
all four of the state's highest offices of secretary of state,
attorney general, lieutenant governor and governor, and he did it as
a Democrat in the heavily Republican state.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/2 1/60minutes/main3859830.shtml?

by KnowVox 2008-02-22 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Karl Rove
She was really taken to the woodshed for stepping up during the trial. I was in Alabama during the Siegelman administration and during the trial... I know some members of his family, and this attempt to smear him through charges of infidelity is unwarranted (even for Alabama politics). Perhaps that is why Simpson is stepping up her public outcry as well.
by cornbreadprogressive 2008-02-22 10:48AM | 0 recs
Re: I'd like to see Obama and Clinton
There are efforts to get the candidates to make that pledge, not sure as to whether either candidate has made a public pledge to do so. Hopefully this will happen if due process is not restored before 2009.
by cornbreadprogressive 2008-02-22 12:01PM | 0 recs


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