Monday, October 25, 2010

Hello, First October Surprise

This one's against Harry Reid:
An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up her illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation, has learned.
Let's follow this bouncing ball--she entered a sham marriage with a Lebanese citizen in 2003, who had arrived in 2000 to attend college in Oklahoma City. They stayed married while he did who-knows-what trying to earn his permanent resident card while she got a job with the National Council on La Raza in 2006, then later a job as a PR person for Harry Reid in October 2008. One month later she was busted by the FBI for the sham marriage while her 'husband' had begun to draw the attention of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Ok City.

The scandal here seems to be whether the FBI told Reid's office about this in 2008 because according to Fox she remained in his employ until just recently. One could ask whether that was due to her ties with La Raza or just a desire to avoid bringing the husband's Middle Eastern baggage into Reid's press coverage, especially from the Oklahoma City area.

Who knows what'll happen next (assuming this gets much coverage outside of Fox). Reid might point out how he tried to save the illegal alien population of the world through amnesty, which would have presented this tragedy from happening, which was actually caused by Sharon Angle for opposing illegal aliens. All while claiming no knowledge of the staffer's problems.

Still, it seems pretty weak as October surprises go, especially for Democrats--after all if the president can have an illegal alien aunt and suffer no political damage then Angle shouldn't hope for much. And surely the Dems will soon turn the focus of evil towards Fox News for reporting it.


Anonymous said...

This is almost a lose-lose situation; there are people with limited intelligence who easily believe the denials issued by Jim Manley … and there are Hispanic groups who will argue that this is but another example of keeping the brown man down. Fox News may have reported it, but Angle, who hasn’t an impressive amount of brains, should think carefully before using it against Reid.

A.C. McCloud said...

It's not catching any fire today, which is probably a good thing.

The only way this works for Angle is if it could be proven Reid used influence to keep his aide from being prosecuted while the husband was convicted and deported. That would probably involve Holder, or other in the DoJ, so lots of planets would have to align there.

Debbie said...

This isn't getting much coverage at all, doesn't fit with the MSM's support for Obama and Dems I guess.

These sham marriages are nothing new of course, I remember a bunch of them in Memphis, can't remember now where the husbands originated from. We may never know if Reid's office was told, I'm doubting he was from what I read yesterday and from the fact she worked until just the last few days/weeks.

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