What is it about the crimes of Dean Zimmermann that turns so many on the far-Left into apologists for greed and corruption? Let’s be clear about this: Zimmermann wasn’t convicted of civil disobedience or anything even remotely idealistic. He was lining his pockets, accepting cash payments in exchange for favorable votes on zoning issues. In addition to being one of the most cynical crimes a public official can engage in, this is totally corrosive of the social fabric, favoring the interests of the wealthy and powerful over the best interests of the community. That’s the bottom line.
And to defend, excuse, or in any way condone this kind of thing, just because the guy was a Green, only damages the cause of progressive politics.
Felien responds: I am amazed by your letter. How did you learn how
to write without learning how to read? Did you read the article, “Did
the FBI target Dean?” or did you get help to read the title? If you
would have read the article you might have argued your point more intelligently.
Dean took $5,000 from Carlson as a donation to a legal defense fund. He told
the primary beneficiary of that fund, the lawyer, that he had the money. He
told the treasurer of that fund that he had the money. If he was intending to
line his pockets, why would he announce he got a donation?
If he had taken the money and voted favorably on a zoning issue, then it might
be possible to suggest there was a quid pro quo. But Dean actually voted against
Carlson’s project because he didn’t think it was in the best interests
of the people of his ward. There was no quid pro quo. Dean did not take money
in exchange for a vote on a developer’s project. And, according to the
Hobbs Act, there must be absolute proof of a quid pro quo if an elected
official is receiving money from someone for a third party or organization.
Dean was railroaded and targeted because he was a leftist. He was stalked for
more than three years, and, when they couldn’t pin anything on him, they
set him up. Please
read the original: www.pulsetc.com.