Former Bush Advisor Arrested

The former top Bush domestic policy advisor, Claude Allen, was arrested Thursday on felony theft charges.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation of an incident at a Target store on January 2, Montgomery County police said.

Allen, who lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was approached by a Target employee who said he placed items in an empty Target bag and others in a shopping cart, police said in a statement. Using a receipt, he sought a refund for the goods in the bag and left without paying for the things in the shopping cart, the police said.

So this who is advising the president?  It gets even worse.

Bush nominated Allen in 2003 for a seat on the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060311/pl_n m/bush_aide_dc

More after the break.

How could a guy like this rise to such a powerful position?  Doug Ireland has more: http://www.laweekly.com/news/1059/the-bu sh-theocracy/

Allen, who was named to his new position in the White House last week, had previously been a top aide at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He was placed there by Karl Rove as a watchdog on then-HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, who had an exaggerated reputation as a "moderate" and who wasn't entirely trusted by Rove to carry out -- by administrative order -- the social agenda of the Christian right, a key part of Rove's successful plan to mobilize millions of Christen voters for Bush's re-election.

Ah, so now this all makeing a bit more sense.  According to Hotline:

http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/a rchives/2006/02/senior_administ.html

Allen enjoys a warm relationship with moral conservative groups in Washington. As a senior political appointee at the Department of Health and Human services, he was the administration's point person on abstinence initiatives.

I suppose he didn't read the entire Bible.  He's a liar too.

February 09, 2006
Senior Administration Official Resigns

Claude Allen, President Bush's principal domestic policy advisor, has resigned. A White House spokesman told the Chicago Tribune that Allen wanted to spend more time with his family.

Republicans who know Allen are uncertain why he stepped down so suddenly. Late last week, he was in good spirits as he briefed allies and surrogates about the President's State of the Union message. On Tuesday, he attended a conference in PA on the president's faith based initiative.

So are we to presume that whenever a Bush appointee resigns in order to "spend more time with his family" this really means that he/she want to "spend more time with his family because he/she is about to go to jail"?  Why did Gail Norton resign?

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