Say you’re running for President. And say that it’s a couple days before before a major primary season straw poll. In someplace semi-important, like, say, Iowa. Ask yourself, what kinds of headlines would you really, really just not want to see in places like, oh, I don’t know, the AP and Forbes.com?
How about something like this:
As Forbes explains:
A federal grand jury indicted a corporate executive who allegedly ran a scheme to make $32 million in false purchases of computer equipment, spending the money instead on beach real estate and private jet travel, prosecutors said Thursday.
Alan B. Fabian, 43, of Cockeysville, is charged in a 23-count indictment with mail fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice. The grand jury handed up the indictment Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and it was unsealed Thursday.
And The Right’s Field provides the inconveniently timed linkage:
Alan Fabian, a corporate executive from Cockeysville, Maryland, is one of Mitt Romneyâ€™s most important bundlers â€” a former George W. Bush “Ranger” (meaning he collected over $200,000 for Dubyaâ€™s campaign), now helping to gather contributions for the Romney campaign.
Note: according to Chris Cillizza it looks like Fabian was actually a “Pioneer,” not a “Ranger” – which I think is like being a mere fundraising behemoth instead of a full-blown juggernaut.
In any case, I guess you can’t make an omelette without breaking and entering a few eggs. Or something like that.
Good luck in Ames, Mitt.