If conservatives are all about law and order, why are 11 GOP governors indicted, under investigation, or drawing intense public scrutiny for their ethic violations and outright crimes?
11 GOP Governors in hot water.
The GOP governors with asterisks next to their names are the ones who are currently running for re-election.
11. Terry Branstad (Iowa)*: The longest-serving governor in history (19 years, total) is under investigation for firing state employees for “political reasons,” and then offering hush money to keep them quiet. Then, Branstad fired the official who paid the hush money! Yet… polls say Iowa’s voters are likely to re-elect him over his Democratic opponent Terry Hatch.
10. Sam Brownback (Kansas)*: The fundraising and lobbying tactics of GOP Governor Brownback‘s cronies are so aggressive they’ve attracted the unwelcome attention of the FBI, which began investigating in 2012. Brownback’s right-wing positions are so extreme, he even scares his fellow Republicans: More than 100 of them endorsed his Democratic opponent Paul Davis for this year’s election.
9. Chris Christie (New Jersey): Former presidential hopeful Chris Christie must feel relieved that he isn’t up for re-election this year, because his poll numbers are sluggish with only an anemic 46 percent of voters approving of his job performance. Which is much higher than he deserves. Oh, and he just got another subpoena concerning the Bridgegate scandal.
8. Tom Corbett (Pennsylvania)*: Republican Governor Corbett‘s likely to to lose in November, and that’s a good thing. First, there was that $987,000 donation from a billionaire casino investor who is barred from making campaign contributions in Pennsylvania. Apparently Chris Christie’s Republican Governor’s Association didn’t launder the money clean enough. And then there’s all those other lavish gifts from dubious sources.
7. Nathan Deal (Georgia)*: Nathan Deal doesn’t just sit by while cops manhandle reporters, he smacks down whistle blowers too… He cost Georgia’s taxpayers nearly $3 million dollars in payments to the state workers he fired — while they were investigating irregularities with Deal’s 2010 campaign for governor. Yet, amazingly, Deal and his Democratic opponent Jason Carter are still running neck-in-neck.
6. Nikki Haley (South Carolina)*: Tea Party Governor Nikki Haley‘s so determined to eliminate government waste, she allowed dozens of children to die while her Department of Social Services failed to investigate reports of child abuse and endangerment — mainly because of dysfunction and lack of resources. Unsurprisingly, state social workers endorsed Haley’s Democratic challenger State Senator Vincent Shaheen. Alas, Haley still looks poised to win the race.
5. John Kasich (Ohio)*: Despite (1) being subpoenaed to testify for a questionable donor; (2) the conspicuous failure of two of his appointees to release a required report on the 2005 investment banking scandal dubbed ‘Coingate“; and (3) the JobsOhio debacle, in which board members doled out tax breaks and other goodies to companies with whom they have ties, (4) that ongoing FBI investigation for taking bribes, Governor Kasich enjoys a healthy 30-point lead over his Democratic opponent Ed Fitzgerald.
4. Paul LePage (Maine)*: Maine’s Paul LePage, the GOP governor who claims 47 percent of able-bodied people in his state refuse to work and that President Barack Obama hates white people, issued a “no-bid” contract to his cronies, who in turn botched the contract by plagiarizing their “report.” Ironically, the contract was for a study on the welfare programs LePage wants to eliminate. No wonder his bid for re-election is a “toss-up.” Oh, and LePage has also held meetings with Sovereign Citizens, a right-wing terrorist group. Plus, there’s that federal probe that found LePage’s administration guilty for tilting Labor Board hearings in favor of employers.
3. Rick Perry (Texas): And, to prove that everything‘s bigger in Texas — including the scandals — “Texas Miracle” Governor Rick Perry got booked and fingerprinted in August on two federal felony counts for abusing the powers of his office: In 2013, Perry threatened to veto funding for a Democratic district attorney’s public integrity office, to pressure her into resigning. We wonder if Perry plans to run for president in 2016 from his jail cell?
2. Rick Snyder (Michigan)*: Although Michigan Governor Rick Snyder isn’t being formally investigated, his administration is drawing heat for (1) awarding a multi-million dollar furniture contract to his cousin’s company; (2) overpaying state home care workers by $160 million; (3) eliminating a background check program, which resulted in thousands of convicted felons obtaining employment as home care providers to Michigan’s elderly and disabled residents; and (4) misusing money from the Detroit Emergency Manager’s New Energy Reinvest and Diversify (NERD) fund. Surprisingly, Snyder’s still running a close race against his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.
1. Scott Walker (Wisconsin)*: Scott Walker’s under not just one, but two investigations. Four of Walker’s cronies got jail time for stealing from charities meant to benefit wounded veterans and fallen soldiers’ families, while two others received lighter sentences. And then there’s that criminal investigation for coordinating illegal fundraising activities on a national level. Nonetheless, Walker could still get an edge over his Democratic opponent Mary Burke.
Bonus – Two PAST GOP governors embroiled in scandals.
Unfortunately for the GOP, their governors are the gift that keeps on giving.
- Senator Mark Sanford (South Carolina): We thought we’d seen the last of Mark Sanford, the South Carolina governor who disappeared with his mistress for a week in 2009, and served the remaining year-and-a-half of his term under a cloud of disgrace… Then Sanford won a seat in the U.S. Senate via special election earlier this year, and more recently, broke up so-called love of his life via Facebook, and blamed it on his ex-wife.
- Bob McDonnell (Virginia): Since former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell vows to appeal those corruption convictions, we’re doomed to keep seeing him in the news. Plus, his former chef told reporters McDonnell’s wife was “not balanced.”