James O’Keefe gained fame for helping give ACORN a pimp-slapping… almost literally. But Tuesday he was arrested, along with a couple other people, for what sounds like an attempt to wire-tap the phones in Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office.
Who the hell would want to listen to Harry Reid offering to give pedicures and sacks of taxpayer cash (not necessarily in that order) to “on the fence” members of Congress all day?
I don’t know any more facts on his arrest than are contained in this story.
NEW ORLEANS – A conservative filmmaker who posed as a pimp to target the liberal activist group ACORN was arrested with the son of a federal prosecutor and two other men and accused of plotting to tamper with the New Orleans offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.
Activist James O’Keefe, 25, recorded two of the other suspects with his cell phone as they walked into the office dressed like telephone repairmen and said they needed to fix problems with the phone system, according to an FBI affidavit.
In the affidavit, Special Agent Steven Rayes said Oâ€™Keefe was helping Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who were attempting to interfere with the officeâ€™s telephone system.
If the truth is anything close to what it sounds like, Democrats are doing more than enough to bring themselves down, so I certainly don’t think it’s necessary to break federal or state laws in order to push that process along. But we’ll see where this all leads. There could be a lot more — or a lot less — to the story.
Naturally though, some Democrats are already painting this with a Nixonian sized brush:
Michael McHale, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, referred to the episode as “Louisiana Watergate” in a statement Tuesday and urged authorities to prosecute “any wrongdoers to the fullest extent of the law.”
Given the blame-game that’s been going on in the last few months, look for the finger to be pointed at Bush for this one.
Update: Chris mentioned this in comments. A Twitter post (I still refuse to say the word “tweet” in casual or formal conversation) from Dave Weigel:
Y’know, a criminal record can make it tough to find a job. Is there some community group that could help O’Keefe out? Oh.