Take a week off and see what happens?! John Cowdery is the latest member of the Corrupt Bastards Club to taste the bitter pill of come-uppance from the FBI raid of Alaska legislators’ offices in 2006. Has it been two years already? Almost, according to the “Alaska Corruption Scandal Timeline.” The fallout from that legendary raid seems like one huge, glacially slow soccer game. We get a goal once every six or eight months.
This also goes to prove that my semi-reliable friend of a friend of a coworker who heard a rumor that Ben Stevens was the next to drop, was wrong… grumble, grumble. I’ve been on “Ben Watch” since June 1st, fueled by this rumor that his indictment would come in the next 30 days. But other than the fact that it was 40 days, not 30…and John Cowdery, not Ben Stevens…my source nailed it!
This latest indictment hits close to Senate Leadership. The crowd is thinning out, and Lyda Green with fewer and fewer buddies around her, is standing in the middle of the field looking reeealy conspicuous. After the indictment came down, and after finding out that among other atrocities, Cowdery told corrupt Veco executive Bill Smith he thought it would be “easy and clean” to bribe Senator Donny Olson (owner of Olson Air Services) with gasoline for his airplanes to win a vote on the Petroleum Profits Tax, Governor Sarah Palin asked Cowdery to step down. (*Note to Mr. Cowdery – Nothing involving petroleum products in Alaska is EVER easy OR clean)
But Senate President Lyda Green would have none of that ‘stepping down’ talk. She said that she didn’t think Cowdery should step down from his senate seat. Why? Take this little Mudflats Quiz.
Q: Lyda Green thinks that indicted Corrupt Bastard John Cowdery should stay in the Alaska State Senate for the following reason(s). Check all that apply.
a) He is a friend of hers.
b) He’s held that position for a long time.
c) He’s in bad health and hasn’t been there much lately anyway.
d) Give him a break. He’s at the end of his career soon.
e) Sarah Palin wants him to step down so I DON’T! Humph.
Mind-numbing as it is, Lyda’s official rationale, according to her quote in the Daily News includes A through D, but I’m going with All of the Above.
Cowdery is scheduled to appear in District Court on August 11th.
And “Ben Watch” begins again. Check out this awesome post from TPMMuckraker. What will they ever do when all our scoundrels are behind bars?