It’s pretty apparent that interfering with Obama and his cronies is not to be tolerated. Led by Rahm Emmanuel, the White House actively applies Chicago-style politics in dealing with its enemies. Anyone who crosses this administration will be dealt with harshly and potentially ruined for life. Just ask Gerald Walprin.
Republicans aren’t satisfied with President Obama’s explanation that he fired a controversial inspector general because he was “confused,” “disoriented” and generally uncooperative.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released a statement Thursday calling for a “fuller and more complete explanation” as well as more evidence of the “reasons and process” that led to the firing of Gerald Walpin, former inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Basically, the administration claimed that he was crazy and waived the typical 30-day notice requirement involved in the firing of an inspector general. They were ready to get rid of him post-haste.
While firing an investigator who uncovered the abuse of funds by a political ally might be considered an act of ‘political courage’ in Chicago politics, for most Americans it raises troubling questions,” Issa said. Before his firing, Walpin had investigated Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter, for allegedly misusing federal funds. A settlement was reached in that case under which Johnson’s organization was to repay some of the money.
Implying that Walpin has lost his marbles is desperate and lame. Walpin has been consistenly lucid and laser-sharp in every TV and radio interview I’ve seen or heard — including on the Laura Ingraham show yesterday, where he noted that evidence in the Sacramento mayor/NBA star/Obama crony Kevin Johnson case was destroyed.
Far from being “confused” and “disoriented,” Walpin is clear as day. Anyone who actually reads through his audits and investigative reports knows that. You can, should, and must read Walpin’s reports both on CUNY funding abuse and on the Johnson scandal here.
Walpin’s crime was uncovering the truth. Add to that the fact that Michelle Obama might have ties to this entire incident.
A top Republican senator is asking whether First Lady Michelle Obama’s office played any role in last week’s firing of former service program Inspector General Gerald Walpin.
The concern, one of several surrounding Walpin’s sudden dismissal, stems from the timing of a staff switch in the first lady’s office. Just days before Walpin got the boot, the White House announced Michelle Obama’s chief of staff would be appointed senior adviser to the agency Walpin was responsible for monitoring. Michelle Obama said at the time she and her outgoing staffer, Jackie Norris, would work closely going forward.
Anybody remember First Lady Hillary Clinton and the Travel-gate affair? It’s almost dejavu.
It’ll be interesting to see how this works out. My prediction is that the MSM will blow it off after finally accepting Robert Gibbs’ denials as gospel. The question is whether Republicans will continue to push the issue or if they will let it die like they did with Nancy Pelosi’s accusations that the CIA had lied to her. It’s about time that the GOP follows through on some of these abuses. And they need to stop Little Chicago from taking root in the White House before it destroys too many people.
*** According to this article from the Chicago Tribune, we might have a pattern developing with the Obama administration. And they dare to question Bush on firing 8 US attorneys? What hypocrites.