• John McCain's Lobbyist Pal Had Pals Who Palled Around With Saddam Hussein (Yeah,That Saddam Hussein)

    Speaking of palling around with terrorists, as we have been of late: It seems that John McCain has some pals of his own, and one of those pals didn't just pal around with Saddam Hussein. He helped lobby for the Iraqi regime…

    William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

    The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein's government.

    During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.

    Hey, Senator McCain, we got this guy's resume for the transition team job. Look here: "Effective working alone, or as part of a team. Capable of multitasking in the interest of murderous dictators." Sounds good, right? Oh, and another thing

    Newly available congressional records show Timmons's firm received $260,000 this year before its lobbying activities [on behalf of Freddie Mac] were barred under terms of the government rescue of the failed mortgage giant. Timmons, 77, is listed as a lobbyist for Freddie Mac on the company's midyear financial-disclosure form.

    Excellent! He's 77 years old, so he'll make you feel like a spring chicken again. That guy is hired.

    Okay. Is it just me, or is this news truly shocking? I mean, what is John McCain thinking, wasting money on a transition team staff when he could be buying more ads that tell us about Barack Obama's nefarious secret terrorist connections?

    Whatever happened to Country First?

    Tags: Iraq, John McCain, Saddam Hussein


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