I haven’t had a good Breathtaking Inanity post recently, so the Republican nominee for New York attorney general (formerly the Republican candidate for Senate to challenge Hillary Clinton), Jeanine Pirro, once again steps up to fill the void.
First, a recap: She fumbled through her announcement to run for Senate, shuffling for a lost page of her speech for an uncomfortably long time, completely unable to proceed without the text in front of her. Then she waffled on her position on late-term abortion, leading some observers to comment that she’s not quite ready for prime time. Then came a scoop from New York Observer’s Politicker that she’s taken campaign donations from a company suspected of ties to the mob. It was also widely noted that her husband, a Republican lobbyist, served 11 months in federal prison for his conviction on tax fraud in 2000. He also fathered a child in an extramarital relationship in the 1990′s (a different news report said the child was conceived in the 1980s — I don’t know or care which decade is correct). I predicted that she wouldn’t make it through the Republican primary to even challenge Hillary, which turned out to be true when she was forced out by fellow Republicans.
Now she’s running for the AG’s office against Andrew Cuomo. In this race, she’s already had to cancel a pro-death penalty press conference at Ground Zero when it came out that a man who had been wrongly imprisoned for sixteen years was being let out of prison at the very same time. So? Well turned out the prosecutor who replaced Pirro in Westchester (a position she quit to run for Senate), did not object to letting him out of jail based on evidence proving his innocence that PIRRO REFUSED TO HEAR.
Now for today’s news, I turn to the AP:
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican state attorney general candidate Jeanine Pirro has been told she is under federal investigation for allegedly plotting to secretly record her husband to find out whether he was having an affair, two people familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
I love it. The best part is, who did the alleged bugging for her? Bernard freakin Kerik, the would-be homeland security czar but for his den of iniquities at Ground Zero and ties to the mafia. From the Times:
Seething with anger, and choking up as she laid bare her marital problems, Ms. Pirro said that two federal agents approached her at her home late one recent night and revealed that the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York was investigating her surveillance discussions. They had been caught on tape by Bronx authorities who were conducting a separate investigation of Mr. Kerik.
It doesn’t get any better than this. Politics is indeed show business for ugly people, some of them sublimely stupid ugly people.