A new twist to the U.S. Attorney scandal, specifically as the light of scrutiny shines on the
Senator Bond’s office revealed yesterday that Jack Bartling, former counsel to Senator Bond, had targeted Todd Graves for replacement in 2005, even contacting the White House counsels office to express this desire.
Problem is, the Senator wasn’t told a damned thing about it.
A spokeswoman for Bond said yesterday that the senator's former counsel, Jack Bartling, contacted the White House counsel's office in the spring of 2005, without Bond's permission. According to the spokeswoman, Bartling said that Graves's replacement "would be favored," because the prosecutor's wife and brother-in-law had stirred ethics complaints in
Bond's communications director, Shana Marchio, said that, around the time
Mr. Graves – if anyone had told me four years ago that I would be defending you, and missing John Ashcroft – I would have started the process for their involuntary commitment. But Ben Franklin summed up my sentiments nicely… For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.
I think this mess qualifies.