Thursday, March 16, 2006

Finally...charges in Chuckaquiddick identity theft?

From the Washington comPost:
Federal prosecutors have decided to bring charges against a Democratic researcher accused of fraudulently obtaining a credit report on Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

Lauren B. Weiner, who has since resigned from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington, will be charged with obtaining the report without authorization, according to a letter sent to Steele by the U.S. attorney's office in the District.

A copy of the March 8 letter, which notified Steele that he is considered a victim in the case, was obtained by The Washington Post yesterday.

The episode, which happened last July, came as both parties started digging into the backgrounds of opposing candidates for one of Maryland's marquee races this year, the contest to replace retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D). Opposition research is typical in contested statewide races, but it is illegal under federal law to obtain a credit report under false pretenses.
Conspicuous by its omission is the name of the Senator for whom Weiner (must.resist.joke.) worked: Chuck "the Schmuck" Schumer.

Does anyone think such an omission would have occurred had the Senator in question for whom the staffer worked been a Republican? I'm just sure that the comPost wouldn't have put that story on the front page and would have instead put it on the same page as this Chuckaquiddick story (page B-4)! I'm also just sure that I bought a a sweet piece of oceanfront real estate in North Dakota!

Also, isn't it adorable how the comPost tried to blunt the impact by throwing in a "both parties started digging" reference? Both parties may suck, but as far as I can tell, only one party seems to have broken the law here...the Democrap Party!