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This Is What Happens When Low Level Staffers Think They’re the Senator

September 30th, 2008 by MarkTwain · No Comments

A reader left this comment on the story we posted yesterday concerning the developing scandal in Senator Bond’s office involving former state director Jason Van Eaton:

“Jason,

Look this case up-

Myers v. United States: Congress can not involve itself in the removal of executive officers…”

There’s a common occurrence that happens in politics when people with not a lot of natural ability hitch on to powerful politicians. Instead of making their own name in life, by say running for office themselves, over time they subconsciously morph their sad lives into the politician’s.

When you spend so much time around your powerful boss, and you are constantly witnessing the respect for him or her and the respect for their office, it’s easy for insecure people to want that same respect. But what you usually get (and sadly this seems to be the case for Mr. Van Eaton) is a grotesque abuse of power. And what makes it worse – it’s someone elses!

It’s been reported that Senator Bond has issued a public apology on his website, (we can’t find it) which is proper, but the question being asked is: “How can a four term senator not know this nefarious – and probably illegal – scheme was going on in his office?

Sources are telling the Missouri Political News Service that the Department of Justice may be investigating Mr. Van Eaton personally. And we’ve learned that his firm Spectrum Consulting Group has been recently fired by Fannie Mae and Fannie Mac; clients he no doubt gained by Senator Bond being the ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

These same sources told us that Mr. Van Eaton had a reputation for throwing his the Senator’s weight around -as a recent St. Louis intern found out. It seems Mr. Van Eaton threw the Senator’s “weight around” just one too many times. The mainstream press has been trying to get a statement from Mr. Van Eaton, but typical of most bully types, when confronted, he’s conveniently hiding. What have you got to hide Jason?

Related:

Congressional Quarterly: Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Sen. Bond

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  • 1 Chandler // Sep 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I didn’t know all this about VanEaton. Sounds like a pretty sleazy guy. I read somewhere else that he was also part of Hulshof’s brain trust.

    Is that true?

    If so, I guess we’ll be calling Jay Nixon “Governor” soon.

  • 2 disgusted again // Oct 2, 2008 at 6:42 am

    So Chandler if you don’t know what you are talking about why do you bother to post anything? I am so tired of blogs spreading lies, rumors and inuendos. What ever hapened to the golden rule? It is so easy to attack – what a coward. This nation needs less blaming and more solutions. But that would take courage. Use your time for good rather than such constant evil and maybe we wouldn’t be in such a mess. This is why I rarely visit blogs. Useless, hurtful, unproductive. Maybe you should use some of your time reading the Bible or at least the Ten Commandments. Sure couldn’t hurt.

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