Boston Globe Gets Its Licks In
Influential fund-raiser for Thompson has drug record
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has been crisscrossing the country since early this summer on a private jet lent to him by a businessman and close adviser who has a criminal record for drug dealing.
An issue that Senator Thompson candidly addressed on this morning's Meet the Press with Tim Russert. I'll post the video or transcript as soon as it's available.
[Philip] Martin entered a plea of guilty to the sale of 11 pounds of marijuana in 1979; the court withheld judgment pending completion of his probation.
He was charged in 1983 with violating his probation and with multiple counts of felony bookmaking, cocaine trafficking, and conspiracy. He pleaded no contest to the cocaine-trafficking and conspiracy charges, which stemmed from a plan to sell $30,000 worth of the drug, and was continued on probation.
I can't wait to hear the official Democrat response to this one. Needless to say, I won't be holding my breath waiting for them to demonstrate even a modicum of consistency with regards to their own ideological beliefs.
You see, bleeding heart, criminal-coddling liberals like Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and his sympathizers writing for the ________ (insert left-wing newspaper of your choice here), are all in favor of reforming states' Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) systems to help convicted criminals, who have "paid their debt to society", re-integrate into mainstream society and have a second chance at leading a productive, law-abiding life.
But if, God forbid, the individual in question is friends with a (gasp!) Republican, then it's a pretty safe bet that it'll be open season on all parties involved, no holds barred.
As I'm wont to say (as I'm wont to say), we shall see.
Just don't get me started about what the liberal establishment in Massachusetts, and elsewhere, considers to be the fair treatment of gun owners who are found to have been involved in minor skirmishes with the law during, say, the Eisenhower administration.