US Politicians With Criminal Records
We have all heard people exclaim that politicians are crooks. While we are usually just complaining about some of the unethical practices of our political leaders, in some cases it is true. In the past, we don't necessarily hear about some of the bad things that people in our government do because it was easy to cover up bad deeds. Some things that we do remember - such as the drowning incident that involved Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne - did not end in an arrest. The list below, however, did result in an arrest. Who would have thought there were politicians with criminal records?
Blagojevich is probably one of the most famous and publicized arrests of a public official in recent years. The past-governor of Illinois got into trouble when he tried to "sell" the vacant seat of Illinois Senator after President Barack Obama was elected to the Oval Office. Blagojevich, who is a Democrat, became the 40th governor of Illinois in 2002. On December 9, 2008, Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery.
Remember John Kerry from the 2004 Presidential election? He lost to George W. Bush and is still a Democratic senator from Massachusetts. He is currently the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He made his name during a four month stint in Vietnam as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of a swift boat. For that service he was awarded several combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. After returning to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesperson and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam war. During that period, he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed United States war policy in Vietnam to be the cause of "war crimes". It was during this time that Kerry got into trouble with the law. He was arrested in April of 1971 for protesting the Vietnam War. During the demonstration - which is reminiscent of the Occupy Movements of today - the protesters followed the footsteps of Paul Revere on his famous ride through Massachusetts. No prison time was served.
I found this case rather interesting. Darrell Issa is the Republican head of the House Oversight Committee and recently made news when he held a hearing on contraceptions, but only had men on the panel. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has a more sinister past, though. He made his money through creating the security system used in the Maserati Viper. Ironically, he was also arrested for stealing one of these cars in 1972 from Cleveland. In addition to this, the same year, he was arrested in Michigan for having an unregistered gun. He pleaded guilty of this. It didn't stop there, either. In December of 1979, he faked the theft of his Mercedes-Benz in an insurance scam. Nice guy, eh? Finally (you thought we were through?), In 1982, just three weeks after quadrupling his fire insurance policy and putting all important documents in a fire safe, a warehouse owned by Issa suspiciously burned down. Issa never got arrested for it because of lack of evidence, but it was reported that there were “suspicious burn patterns.” You'd have to decide on that. *Clapping* Your House Oversight Chairman, ladies and gentlemen!
If you are thinking that Cheney is on this list for the accidental shooting incident that occurred in 2006, you'd be wrong. The police called it an accident and the person who was shot, Harry Whittington, apologized to Cheney for being shot! Cheney's legal problems occurred much earlier in life while he was 22 and living in Wyoming. He was arrested twice in one year for drunk driving offenses. After his second arrest, according to Cheney, he took a hard look at life and decided he needed to make some changes if he wanted to get ahead. He disassociated himself from his drinking buddies and never looked back.
Along with Dick Cheney, G.W. Bush also falls on this list for his "evil ways". Dubya was more of the party animal in his youth. He was arrested three times. The first of these offenses was for a theft at a hotel. George got drunk with some friends at a hotel and stole a Christmas wreath. That's just kid's stuff, but he was underage when it happened. The charges were later dropped when the wreath was returned. He was arrested again for rowdy behavior at a football game and again for driving under the influence. This involved his younger brother, Jeb, while near his family's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. He admitted his guilt, was fined $150, and had his driving license in the state suspended for two years. The White House claimed that this was only 30 days. It wasn't...