Sunday, July 24, 2005

Another Rove Angle....

I saw this House Race Hotline story on Congressman Rob Simmons (R- CT).

'98 LG nominee/ex-state Rep. Joseph Courtney (D) "charged that" Rep. Robert Simmons (R) "curbed his initial reaction to the outing of CIA agent Valarie Plame to protect" WH Dep. CoS Karl Rove. Simmons said that neither Rove nor any other WH official violated the law, especially since Plame works at CIA HQ in Langley, VA. Courtney also pointed out Simmons' comment about the DOJ investigation into the leak where he said it was "much ado about nothing." Simmons supported the Intelligence Identities Act of 1982 and said that "the fact's of the matter involving Ambassador Joe Wilson and his wife do not meet the standards of the offense in my opinion" (Michak, Manchester Journal Inquirer, 7/19).
What I find interesting on this one is that Simmons was the Staff Director of Senate Intelligence when this bill was put into law. He probably has an idea or two on the original intent of the law. I wish the Dems would just get off of this one. Lets see what the Grand Jury comes back to us with in October and proceed from there. Until then can everyone please just go about running our country and reporting on stories that actually matter.

6 Comments:

At 7/24/2005 11:10:00 PM, Blogger The Chief said...

Joe Courtney has really shown a battleaxe determination to defeat Congressman Simmons this time around. He knows that Mrs. Courtney probably won't tolerate a third bid for this seat. Unless Joe wants his wife to go the route of Mrs. Sullivan, he'd better get the win this time. Thus the sharp rhetoric from Gentleman Joe Courtney. Partisanship reigns supreme in the land of the Disgruntled Democrats.

 
At 7/24/2005 11:11:00 PM, Blogger The Chief said...

Sorry for the dual post, but for more insight into that race and others, trek on over to http://redhusky.blogspot.com

 
At 7/26/2005 08:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Thatguy,"

That was really uncalled for. Going after a candidate's family is not cool. The NRCC and Simmons might do that in their campaigns, but let's try to get some civility back into this debate.

 
At 7/26/2005 08:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also - Mr. JMS - the hotline article misses a key point. Look what Simmons told the Hartford Courant in 2003:

"But the re-emergence of naming names clearly makes the usually measured Simmons uneasy and animated.

"I hate it," he says. "We all hate it. It not only places the agent and his family at risk, it places the asset at risk."

Asset is a CIA term for contacts. "In most countries, cooperation with us is tantamount to treason," Simmons explains.

"It goes to the issues of sources and methods. Methods!" he says. "Even though a lot of sources are long gone, you just don't want others to know how you operate."

And that's why the Wilson/Plame case should be regarded as far more than a domestic political embarrassment for the administration.

"Anytime an agent's cover is blown," says Simmons, "it's a very serious matter. Maybe a matter of life and death."


Regardless of your leanings, it's quite clear to see the difference in reaction here.

 
At 7/26/2005 09:08:00 AM, Blogger MR JMS said...

Well Anon, I usually do not respond to anon people, the key problem here that Dems LOVE to overlook is that Plume was no longer a covert agent and that her status was listed as such in ERROR.

Meaning, how can a crime be commited when there is no agent to "Out"?

 
At 7/26/2005 09:28:00 AM, Blogger The Chief said...

I too generally subscribe to the "don't talk to strangers" anonymous rule, but in this case I'll make an exception-
1)Its not "uncalled for" to point out the reality that there is more to political calculations than poll numbers and fundraising goals.
2)Running for Congress is tough on the families involved and I'm not about to pretend in the interest of some false sense of "civility" that it can't be talked about.

 

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