Friday, November 20, 2009

Does the IG Scandal Have Legs?

Dean has been all over the firing of Gerald Walpin from his post as Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service. If you missed the whole back story, you can read the whole history at BwD. Boiled to its essentials, Gerald Walpin was fired for either being a doddering incompetent or investigating a close friend of the President too closely (Kevin Johnson, former NBA star and mayor of Sacramento). You would have thought with the dismissal, the story would have disappeared, but it hasn't.

The most recent update comes the The Hill, in an article titled Obama accused of doing favors for ally. Some highlights:

The investigation also found evidence that D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee handled “damage control” after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct against Johnson, her now-fiancĂ©.
And further:

In one particularly incendiary passage in the report, one of the girls who had accused Johnson of inappropriately touching her said she told federal agents that he offered to pay her $1,000 a month to keep quiet.
Now, I will be the first to admit that this is not proved. However, it looks and smells bad if the President relieved the IG of his duties when he was investigating serious charges. But everything is now transparent at the new Obama White House, so I must be crazy.


  1. Nothing will have legs until the infatuation is over

  2. 'Dawg,
    I tend to agree, but this whole thing reeks and the truth of a scandal like this eventually comes out. My real question is what sense does anyone have of how much more dirt is waiting to be dug up. Hate to be stereotypical, but we have a former NBA star womanizing on the job, potentially. That doesn't seem highly unlikely.