Thompson Campaign Courts Rove Protege, Not Their Best Move

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Amidst the “Fred Thomspson to announce” clamor, TPMmuckraker spotted a Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) article that claims Thompson’s campaign is courting Timothy Griffin. Griffin is the young prosecutor and Karl Rove protégé who was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas in December of 2006. His appointment has received a great deal of criticism within the broiling U.S. Attorney firings scandal, as it is believed that former U.S. Attn. Bud Cummins was removed only to make room for Rove’s lackey.

But that’s not all the dirt on Griffin according to Monica Goodling’s long-awaited testimony last week. Goodling claimed that her former coworker Paul McNulty falsely testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee when he claimed he had no information about Griffin’s involvement in “caging” (a voter suppression technique). Greg Palast noted back in March that according to BBC Television, Griffin headed up a scheme to suppress 70,000 citizens’ votes before the 2004 election, targeting black soldiers and homeless men and women. This, by the way, is illegal. Strangely, no one in the media is touching this, except, of course, Palast, who after Goodling’s testimony cried out for people to pay attention to this scandal. Although, in doing so, he got McNulty’s name wrong, calling him Kyle Sampson. (Oops, wrong resigned-DOJ official, Greg.) There is bound to be more news on this front but in the meantime a note to Thompson: I don’t think this is your best move.

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