Final Update: It turns out that Larry Sinclair has a rap sheet filled with prosecutions for deceit.
Public records and court filings reveal that he has a 27-year criminal record, with a specialty in crimes involving deceit. The record includes forgery charges in two states, one of which drew Sinclair a 16-year jail sentence. The Pueblo County, Colo., Sheriff's Office also has an outstanding warrant for Sinclair's arrest for forging an acquaintance's signature and stealing her tax refunds.
Sinclair's rap sheet is a mile long, and he is currently wanted in Colorado. And judging from the hit logs at this website, there are Republican operatives out there who are still pushing this story as "real".
Makes you wonder who's bankrolling Sinclair's continued efforts and legal fights...
As the series of posts I've written demonstrates, I've thoroughly investigated Larry Sinclair's claims. I have found no basis of fact in any of them.
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Update: Sinclair failed the polygraph exam, and has been thoroughly discredited.
Larry Sinclair answers critics' claims that he's a toothless idiot
in a recently released follow-up video.
The most bizarre sideshow of the campaign so far is back in business again -- Larry Sinclair, the whacko who made farsical claims in a YouTube video that he'd engaged in oral sex and cocaine use with Barack Obama, is back in the news.
First, he's filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Obama, a well as Obama campaign head David Axelrod and the Democratic National Committee:
Sinclair filed suit against Obama and his campaign guru David Axelrod in Minnesota district court for allegedly attempting to abridge Sinclair's right to free speech, and for waging an intimidation campaign against him.
Sinclair points to these remarks, made in a community blog on the official Democratic National Committee website, as evidence supporting his lawsuit.
And apparently Obama's camp is trying to use Sinclair's attack to smear Hillary Clinton.
The whole thing is completely crazy, but that alone isn't enough to make it problematic for the Senator. According to several political blogs, the Obama team is looking into any connections Sinclair might have with the Clinton campaign.
In an attempt to prove or disprove Sinclair's wild accusations, whitehouse.com, a satirical website not connected to any governmental agency or the White House (which uses web address whitehouse.gov), has offered Sinclair an opportunity to prove his claim in a polygraph test, taking him up on his offer made in his original YouTube video. Sinclair would receive $10,000 just for taking the test, pass or fail, and would receive $100,000 if the polygraph results support his claim about Obama.
Alright, Larry Sinclair. We've seen your video saying you had a couple of hot nights with Barack Obama. You "performed oral sex" on him while he smoked crack a few years back in Illinois.
It's a pretty good story but we have to admit that it sounds a bit far-fetched. Please pardon us for being skeptical though Larry, it's just these crazy times we live in.
[Update: Read my thoughts on Sinclair's taking of the polygraph in this post titled : "If Larry Sinclair Passes the Polygraph it Doesn't Prove Anything."]
But the laughs just keep on coming. In the federal lawsuit filed by Sinclair (page 1, page 2, page 3) he listed his home address in Duluth, Minnesota, and bloggers have looked into that address seeking to learn more about Sinclair.
From the dearmurray.com website:
As it turns out, the address listed [for Sinclair] on the court filings is for an "elderly assisted care" facility in Duluth, MN.
A section 236 HUD housing complex for the elderly and handicapped.
See p. 12 of the HUD report for Minnesota housing:
Occupancy Eligibility: Elderly and Handicapped
Living in an assisted-care housing facility would be quite a step down from the big-spending big shot image Sinclair tried to project in his original video.
And recently the same folks at dearmurray.com researched the original release of the Sinclair video, and came to the conclusion that Ron Paul supporters were behind Sinclair.
"Mr. Sinclair" has given zero proof and absolutely few details about his life to support any sort of credibility.
There appears to be substantial proof, however, that this is originating and/or being perpetuated from the Ron Paul support base.
More to come. I'm sure there will be lots more finger-pointing, denials, and theatrics ahead.
I just came across a radio interview conducted by a conservative internet radio talk show (caosblog.com) where Sinclair addresses the issues, and states he's negotiating with whitehouse.com over the details for taking the polygraph test. Sinclair makes it sound as if the deal is moving forward and will happen.
Sinclair mentions in the hour-long interview that he's talked extensively with a Chicago Tribune newspaper reporter who is investigating and fact-checking Sinclair's claims, and goes into more details about his lawsuit in a radio show linked here.
Sinclair also says he's now being accused of working for Obama, and that he's doing this so that Obama can lay claim that he's being attacked and smeared by Clinton.
He goes on the say he's not working for any campaign, and that reporters are telling him that the media won't touch this story unless they can speak directly to the limo driver Sinclair claims introduced him to Obama. Sinclair says the limo driver has requested that his name not be released at this time but is willing to 'go public' once the story is picked up by the mainstream media.
Apparently the MSM is starting to make inquiries, and Sinclair mentions that he's talked to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Chicago Sun-tmes, and the New York Times.
With respect to the building in which he lives, Sinclair confirms he's now physically disabled (but wasn't when he met Obama in 1999) and further states that he is not living with assisted care, and that he pays market-rate rent for his apartment as per HUD regulations.
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