We learned this weekend that ‘corrupt bastard’ and former Alaska lawmaker Andy Griffith Vic Kohring will serve his time in sunny California. Convicted of bribery, extortion and attempted conspiracy, he was sentenced to 42 months in prison earlier this month. Kohring, who said his conscience is “absolutely clear” and will fight his conviction “from his jail cell” still has that sad aura of someone who isn’t quite sure what’s actually going on. I almost feel sorry for him ….sometimes. But at least he knows he’s not alone.
Consider if you will that there are currently HUNDREDS of notable Republican felons and others under indictment in the last 10 years. You can check out Republican Offenders, an alphabetical listing starting with Jack Abramoff and finishing up with Al Zimmerman. You can even sort them by crime – Embezzlement, Drugs/Prostitution, child pornography, corruption/bribery, lewd conduct, pedophilia, assorted felonies, and more! And yes, Vic Kohring is on the list…two spots up from Pete Kott.
It’s interesting to speculate how the new mailing addresses of these jailed Republican politicians will affect their opinion on the importance of prison reform, and the need for serious reevaluation of the for-profit prison system. Because, after all, thinking about the rights of prisoners is so…..librul. We may, perhaps, be treated with some jailhouse political conversions. It’s a shame we won’t be able to count on their votes in future elections, though, because….well…felons can’t vote. Maybe that’s another issue they’ll take a look at.