More is being revealed about the slimy lobbyists that John McCain has surrounded himself with. Shocking news --- and this is not a parody, this is the real thing.
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.
Timmons' activities occurred in the years following the first Gulf War, when Washington considered Iraq to be a rogue enemy state and a sponsor of terrorism. His dealings on behalf of the deceased Iraqi leader stand in stark contrast to the views his current employer held at the time.
Republicans are desperately trying to distract voters with claims that Obama's worked "with terrorists" on a Chicago urban schools project -- a project which coincidentally was funded by wealthy Republicans and was duplicated in a dozen major cities across the nation.
Meanwhile, we're discovering direct ties between major components of the McCain campaign and Saddam Hussein.
John McCain's transition chief was part of a lobbying effort in support of despot Saddam Hussein.
Did John McCain knowingly employ someone this slimy? Or is this just another example of John McCain making really, really bad choices? It's hard to tell -- he's so erratic it's hard to tell what the real John McCain is thinking these days, ping-ponging from one bad decision to the next bad decision.
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