Tuesday, September 26, 2017

If Roy Moore beats Luther Strange in today's GOP runoff, look for Strange's establishment-Republican base to throw support behind Democrat Doug Jones

Jill Simpson
If Roy Moore beats Luther Strange in today's Alabama GOP runoff for a seat in the U.S. Senate, look for Strange's pro-business Republican backers to throw their support to Democrat Doug Jones, a retired attorney and prominent whistleblower says.

Dana Jill Simpson, who testified before Congress about a Republican plot to politically prosecute former governor Don Siegelman, says Jones colluded with GOP operative Rob Riley to hurt the chances of Siegelman and codefendant Richard Scrushy (former CEO of HealthSouth) getting a reversal of their convictions on appeal. Jones and Riley used the convictions to help generate more than $50 million in attorney fees from a lawsuit against HealthSouth -- and as co-liaison counsel, they took a significant chunk of the money.

Given Jones' documented ties to Rob Riley, it would not be a surprise to see him receive support from the Riley Political Machine, which largely was built by Karl Rove and the kind of right-wing luminaries who now support Luther Strange. That is exactly what Jill Simpson sees happening if Strange comes up short against Roy Moore today. In fact, the following scenario could play out: Jones uses his ties to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing case to attract black voters, all the while taking marching orders from establishment, white Republicans.

In other words, a vote for Doug Jones could turn out to be a lot like a vote for Luther Strange. If you are a Democrat, and that doesn't make you gag, something must be wrong with your gagging reflex. The following (with some editing for clarity) is from Simpson's statement on Facebook over the weekend. She wrote it in response to attacks on me in Democratic circles for writing critically and accurately about Doug Jones in a post last week about the Moore/Strange runoff.

Doug Jones
Please note in Simpson's words below, her references to three overlooked factors in the Senate special election to fill Jeff Sessions' seat: (1) The possibility of election theft; (2) Ties between GOP business elites, and the Dixie Political Mafia, to Russians; (3) The irony of "civil rights" Doug Jones casting his lot with the Riley family and its ties to neo-Confederate, all-white organizations:

Doug's problem, the way I see it, is that he is better friends with the Republican Riley bunch than with Progressive Democrats. Those of y'all running your mouths about Roger telling about Doug have no clue what we went through dealing with Doug being the Rob Riley snitch who often warped stuff.

I want to tell you what I think is going to happen if Luther loses the primary.  They -- the Rove, Riley, Sessions, Canary, and McConnell Dixie Political Mafia -- are going to support Doug against Roy because he is one of their DNC Centralist Elitist Democrats that has snitched for them -- and that is the way they are planning to beat Roy if he makes it out of the primary. Moore should beat Strange unless foul play happens with the Canary/Chamber of Commerce Election Thieves who could play games with Russians and rock the vote.

If you want to pick on Roger for telling the truth, I think you are a nut. In my opinion, Roger suffered, as did his wife, to see the world knew a great injustice occurred in the Siegelman case -- and he helped out for years on all the Alabama GOP Dixie Mafia ties to Russia.

I might add that I am not worried in the least if you elect Doug, as I think it will become apparent who he has to answer to to stay in office. Doug is a Republican lite candidate, in my opinion. 
In closing I will say this: It doesn't matter which one of these jokers gets elected, as the Republican Ringmasters have control of both parties in Alabama. I might share that I do admire that Doug did some special things against the Klan. But for the life of me, I have never been able to understand how he could then team up with the Riley folks, who are part of the all-white Mason Lodge bunch and also have been reported to have strong ties to the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy, who helped put them in office.


Anonymous said...

Luther Strange is going to win, so this scenario won't happen.

Anonymous said...

Funny to see so much hub-bub over an election involving two horrific candidates. Charles Barkley is embarrassed by Alabama, and so am I.

Anonymous said...

Get a couple of dolts involved and Alabama is sure to draw attention.

Anonymous said...

Saw Roy on TV, wearing a vest and a cowboy hat. Looked like he was running for sheriff of Dodge City.

legalschnauzer said...

Roy must be running for sheriff of Dodge City because he pulled out a handgun at his rally last night.


Anonymous said...

I thought Matt Dillon was still sheriff of Dodge City.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody know if Garve Ivey is related to Governor Kay Ivey?

legalschnauzer said...

@10:28 --

I don't know, but my guess is that they are not related. Anyone know for sure?

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Jill Simpson mentions the Dixie Mafia and its ties to Russia. That certainly fits with today's headlines.

legalschnauzer said...

@12:00 --

Agreed, that is very interesting. Perhaps it's worth remembering that two Alabamians -- Rob Riley and Robert Sigler -- were in the middle of efforts about 10-12 years ago to start a national lottery in Russia. (Several Alabamians lost big money on that deal.) Now, another Alabamian -- Jeff Sessions -- is at the heart of an administration with Russian fingerprints all over it. Plus, a Russian oligarch -- Oleg Deripaska -- was set to profit big time if a site in Alabama had been chosen to build an Air Force refueling tanker. Is all of this a coincidence?

BTW, WaPo reported just two days ago on Deripaska's ties to former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort:


legalschnauzer said...

A few highlights from WaPo report on Oleg Deripaska and Paul Manafort


As my Washington-based colleagues reported this week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort allegedly offered to provide Deripaska, 49, with personal briefings about the 2016 presidential election less than two weeks before Trump accepted the Republican nomination. The emailed offer, said to have been sent to a Russian colleague of Manafort's, is among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to investigators looking into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russia as part of an effort by the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

It is unclear whether such an offer reached Deripaska, and a spokesman for the businessman denied that it did. But Manafort's apparent readiness to share information with an oligarch known to be part of a trusted circle of businessmen near Putin is one of the most concrete revelations to emerge from the probe into Trump's Russia links.

legalschnauzer said...

And this, re: Deripaska and Manafort:

Deripaska, now worth about $6.5 billion, according to Forbes, has always stayed close to power. He married the daughter of Yeltsin's chief of staff, part of "the family," the coterie of influential advisers around Yeltsin. Under Putin, he survived near-bankruptcy to later invest more than $1 billion in Putin's pet project, the 2014 Sochi Olympics. A Russian state bank helped Deripaska with billions in loans, Russia's foreign minister has lobbied to help him get a U.S. visa, and a 2006 U.S. diplomatic cable disclosed by WikiLeaks said he was "among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis" and "a more-or-less permanent fixture on Putin’s trips abroad."

The metals business in 1990s Russia, where the legacy of Soviet industry was up for grabs, was notoriously rough-and-tumble. In a 2008 lawsuit heard in a London court, a man named Michael Cherney claimed that he was a former business partner of Deripaska's and was owed compensation for a 13.2 percent, or more than $1 billion, stake in Rusal. Deripaska said in court that the two had not been partners, but that he had been pressured by violent criminal groups in the 1990s into a "krysha," or protection, arrangement with Cherney. The two settled out of court in 2012. Deripaska alleged that Cherney was in league with another man, Anton Malevsky, who died mysteriously in a parachuting accident in South Africa.

The business also made Deripaska fantastically wealthy. In 2008, Forbes listed him as the richest man in Russia and the ninth-richest man in the world, with a net worth of $28 billion. By this time Deripaska was meeting with a string of high-profile Western politicians, including Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). Deripaska helped spark a scandal in British politics in 2008 when it was revealed that he had hosted the Conservative Party’s chief spokesman on finance, George Osborne, on his $150 million yacht in the Mediterranean.

In 2005, the U.S. State Department revoked a visa issued to Deripaska, possibly because of alleged ties to organized crime, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal. But The Washington Post has reported that Deripaska's connections to Putin, or at least the Russian government, have been sufficiently close that as recently as 2016, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had lobbied on behalf of Deripaska for the United States to admit him.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow chips! I hadn't seen that story about Manafort and Deripaska. Mucho interesting!

Anonymous said...

Oh, great. The head Chee-to's campaign chair was trying to give briefings to a Russian crime boss with lots of money. That should help America's standing in the world.

Anonymous said...

In Alabama, it doesn't matter which party you belong to or switch to, the majority are still dirty.