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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:20 PM
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So we finally find out why the Chief of the Capitol police resigned.
He put his son in law on the payroll. It's against the rules, but Chief Gainer said he didn't know that! Hmmmm.

Gainer said he and Darren Ohle had not known about the restrictions on hiring relatives when Ohle became an officer in 2003. There was never any attempt to conceal their ties, he said.

Friends and colleagues also said Gainer, 58, has grown frustrated over clashes with several members of Congress and top congressional staff members concerning security, administration and the handling of high-profile events.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:26 PM
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1. I actually liked him--he was a no BS kind of guy
"How the law was ultimately discovered is not very relevant," Gainer added. "I'm supposed to follow the rules. When you mess up, you fess up."

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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:30 PM
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3. He sure could teach the people on the hill something....
stand up and take accountability for your actions.....
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:42 PM
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8. He did a good job as number two on the DC force after they got
rid of a HORRIBLE chief named Larry Soulsby, who was Mr. Graft and Corruption--a TOTAL scuzzbag. When Charles Ramsey came in from Chicago, he had the skills and experience needed to clean house and get things moving in the right direction again, but it was Gainer who helped get him up to speed on the details, and as a consequence Ramsey was more effective right out of the gate than he otherwise would have been.

They made a good team, and when he went over to the Cap Police, there was already a level of trust, and that made coordination better. He was never a heavy-handed guy--they don't knock heads at DC demos; they prefer the gentle guidance technique.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:30 PM
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4. I wonder why the SIL just didn't resign instead?
Don't suppose this has anything to do with that Cindy Sheehan, and congressman's wife thing in the House a few weeks ago, do ya?
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:34 PM
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6. Gainer committed the offense, not his SIL
so both should resign.
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AlamoDemoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:30 PM
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2. I now know why I disliked Chief Gainer..he's a corruptionist RW
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:34 PM
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5. yes, he is a federal employee
and it is illegal under federal patronage jobs to give a job to someone in your immediate family. I think the rule of second degree Consanguinity with spouses is in effect.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:43 PM
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9. Far better to have your lobbyist pal do it FOR you!! n/t
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:39 PM
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7. Really, do it like the big boys do. Get one of your clients to hire them.
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Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:49 PM
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10. Not quite...more likely Cindy Sheehan "fallout"
I'm just guessing, but the fallout from the SOTU "balanced" arrest of Cindy Sheehan and the pro-war t-shirted cong. wife was also mentioned. It was Mrs. Bloviator who called Gainer an "idiot." (Likely setup by Rove without Mrs. B having a need to know - or as a petty tit-for-tat.)

And it may have merely been the last straw. Working for fascist thugs can tend to tire a professional person.

Someone trotted out this old rule to "get 'em, get 'em" and that's sounds more like their side to me.

The restriction was from the "bad old days" when layabouts and no-shows got put on the public dole. I would be astonished to find out that the Son-in-law was not a fully qualified officer that we were lucky to have.

Anyway, just a guess. But I wouldn't judge too harshly too quickly.

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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:03 PM
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11. With all the cronyism that goes on in the Bush regime, he
probably thought a little nepotism would be OK.
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