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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 06:21 PM
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McHenry’s office admits tie to murder/suicide shooter
Bear425: This is a post by "Drama Queen" who, apparently, has an inside track on this story regarding right-wing Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC). Seems like it could break at any time if its gets some media attention.

http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us/?p=3979

The story of the Florida double murder and suicide of three Republican activists with ties to McHenry gets stranger and stranger every day. We were the first to report off-the-record sources tying McHenry to victim and dirty-tricks operative Ralph Gonzalez.

We’ve reported that the North Carolina Conservative has tied McHenry to the shooter, Drake (who has ties to Rutherford County and was buried there.

But now, according to Howie Klein Down With Tyranny McHenry’s staff is admitting the connection:


-more at link-
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 06:23 PM
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1. This story is getting more and more interesting
I hope that it gets more attention as more details come out.
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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 07:22 PM
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6. It is a complicated and very interesting story.
It could be the next Republic scandal. Just needs the right people to delve into it.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 08:10 PM
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13. I've become a bit jaded and tend to auto-translate when I read news stories.
When I saw a quote in the Sentinel, "...and we may never know what happened." I immediately translated that as "We know exactly what happened and we're going to bust our asses covering it up."

One of the victims tried to organize a fundraiser for the Republicans back when he was in college. He arranged for a Turkey Shoot. $2 for a shot at a cut out of President Bill Clinton. Needless to say the Secret Service climbed all over him and he pulled the fundraiser. But geez, doesn't it say something about these right wing nutbags that they would think this was acceptable fun in the first place?
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 08:44 PM
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19. It has been coming out a little at a time
and I have been keeping an eye open for information. Let's hope it does hit the press and more people come forward.
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speedoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 06:29 PM
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2. Allriiighty then!!!
That punk McHenry needs to be shamed and retired from the House. He is a worthless POS.
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 06:54 PM
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3. .
if its true.....he's toast....hahaha

K&R
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 06:57 PM
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4. " Give me liberty or give me...Jeff!"
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surfermaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 07:20 PM
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5. Mc Henry had help form Bush and boys, I have been told
I have been told that Bush and his group put money in to 10 district to enable him to win, he claimed he lived in the 10 district, I don't know if he died or manuf the story


I live in the 10 district which is a republican strong hold, when long time re publican Congressman retired, we had a sheriff of 35 years that republicans and some democrats like and thought he would be a cakewalk, Bush Abranhoff and Delay and other Bush people are suppose to have come in here and help the young Mc Henry buy his way in office, in the primary I think Mc Henry won by thirty five votes, I think there was a rerun ( Not sure can't remember) I do know my daughter was told she was dying with cancer, one the day that one of the test was done on her lung, was election day, she told the doctor she should be voting for her long time friend the sherriff, she came home a few days later, as I was going in the house her phone rung, I picked it up and answered as if I was my daughter, told she was voting for the sherriff, and told them I had some one terminal with cancer pleas don't call back, they called back the next day. There has been little things that I have heard and read that makes you think he is gay, one here on Du, that linked you to a Gay site I think it was in the HIckory area, not sure.
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surfermaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 07:25 PM
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7. Sorry I failed to check my spelling
think about my daughter makes me a little shaky ( When the Phone rang) I had rung
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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 07:27 PM
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8. Thanks, surfermaw, for your insight on this.
I'm very sorry to hear about your daughter.
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surfermaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 07:41 PM
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9. My daughter
Was only 48 years old,she was only sick that I know of for about a month and a half. Went in for a hysterectomy and was told she had something on her lungs that looked like tiny fuzzy balls, she was fine on the day she went to set the time for her surgery something happened and they had to wait a day, the morning she was to go she got out of bed and could hardly take a bath, it was her lungs, we didn't know, when we got to the hospital she told them she couldn't get down the hall to make a picture of her chest, when they took it is when the told her she couldn't have susrgery, they think she took phenomia on top of the lung thing, she got a little better took treatment, but only lasted about three weeks, I was so upset I don't know the exact date she went in...andy when they sent her home for a week , is when the idiot kelp calling her. She had known the old sherriff since she was working in a Harris Teeter Graocery Store, and going to college. She wasn't married and when she traveled, he told her to buy a gun and come in he would do the paper work for her. just many things he did for her. The republicans in this area that is many of them are still angry with MCHenry, it was in other counties that beat our sheriff

I have two other daughters and a son, she wasn't married and held the family togeather, we never left her for a minute from the time she knew she had cancer until she died, we took times staying with her.
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delirious Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 09:09 PM
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21. My condolences as well
I live only a few counties away from you. I am truly sorry for your loss.
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SaveAmerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 08:52 AM
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29. Thinking of you, Surfermaw
:hug: for you and your daughter, and wanted to tell you thanks for lending your voice to NC papers, the more we get the word out around here that Democrat is not a dirty word and the faster we reveal the corruption in the Republican party for what it is, the faster we can turn this state back around.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 08:57 AM
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30. McTurd trolls the bottom of the filth barrel and finds friends for election successes
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delirious Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 07:41 PM
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10. McHenry needs to go
McHenry defended Tom Foley, calling his accusers "sick".
And in 2006, Tom DeLay commented "Patrick McHenry could be the next Tom DeLay".

'Nuff said.....
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surfermaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 07:48 PM
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12. One more thing
I wrote an editorial letter to the Hickory Daily Record ,the republicans always gave Bill hell, I wrote it an brought in how Bush and boys helped elected McHenry, (I know why I wrote it,) someone wrote one on the top democrat in the area, raising his voice and raising heck over something... I told them if the republicans in the area that knew what Bush and his boys were up to, would have raised their voices and raised a little hell,McHenry wouldn't have gotten elected, I said some of you had to know what was going on yet you sat there with your mouthes closed, causing a man that republicans and some democrats like to get beaten.
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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 08:14 PM
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14. Again, surfermaw, I'm so sorry about your daughter.
I wish you comfort.
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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 08:15 PM
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15. Welcome to DU, delirious!
'Nuff said...
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delirious Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 09:07 PM
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20. Your post inspired my registration
Thanks Bear425.
I love this site, but I'm embarrassed to say that I've been a lazy lurker. Until now.
I spend most of my finger power and brain cells commenting on the local blog you linked to.
I've been following this story closely and was so happy to see that you brought it to a wider audience.
This post on McHenry was enough to get me to finally register and post.
I really hope this story gets the attention it deserves.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 07:43 PM
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11. If there's anyone I'd LOVE to see publicly humiliated, ousted from Congress and indicted....
...it's that obnoxious twirp McHenry. There's no bigger little asshole than he.
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 10:50 AM
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33. Here's something that
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 08:18 PM
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16. ashes, ashes, all fall down...
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 08:20 PM
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17. Has anyone seen Major MSM report more on this murder?
and the implications of the ties to the Repug Operatives going back to Selection 2000? :shrug:
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delirious Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 09:21 PM
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22. They can only handle one major scandal at a time
What with Craig and the Gonzo/Rove resignations.....I mean, MSM hasn't worked this hard in years, people!!! (too bad for us)
They're a little out of shape. Hopefully when they catch their breath they'll pick this up.
But I have a feeling we'll have to put the pieces together and make enough noise before they'll touch it.

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Malikshah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 08:26 PM
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18. Is it just me, or is this like Porky's but only deadly serious.
I mean, DAMN.

I'm just waiting for the day we get to hear of Tom "Peewee" Feeney (see, it even rhymes) being frog-marched out

So who's "Meat?"







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delirious Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-04-07 09:36 PM
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23. McHenry's keeping a low profile now
According to Drama Queen, who Bear425 linked to above, this guy is on the defensive. She says that up until the time of the murders he had been holding "town hall meetings" in his district. Increasingly over the past few weeks he had been finding a way to tell his constituents that he was hoping to get married and have kids "as soon as he found the right girl". Apparently, the rumors had been getting too hot and he was trying to squelch them. His town meetings were also getting a little heated at times, with his constituents starting to ask more and more pointed questions about his unreported real estate transactions and his (lack) of military service/support for the surge, etc. At one point, after an especially challenging question by a senior citizen in the audience, he cut off the meeting with over an hour still remaining. DQ has also been raising a lot of questions about his real estate business, his reported income, his net worth (where DID that money come from?). He has had a lot to be defensive about. There have been no more public meeting with the constituents since the double murder/suicide.
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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 07:30 AM
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24. Kicking for the morning crowd. n/t
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 07:47 AM
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25. wow! Here is some interesting stuff!
This guy convicted of vote fraud was LIVING with McHenry??

:wow:


http://www.interstateq.com/?s=Patrick+McHenry+gay

You’ll remember the series of posts I made on the rumors of Representative Patrick McHenry’s (R-NC, 10th District) sexuality. I’m sure you’ll also remember his aide, Michael Aaron Lay, who was charged with voter fraud.

After rounds and rounds of posts, an apology on my part and major criticism of me from Lay’s friends and associates, the criminal Congressional aide has affirmed my worst fears and the predictions of most politically active folks in North Carolina.

Yesterday, Lay plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor election fraud, despite the urgent pleas of his innocence from both him and his friends.

Perhaps my apology was never needed.

Lay’s indictment and now his guilty plea constitute just one more tally on the long list of McHenry improprieties. McHenry, a corrupt, shameless politician, can in no way represent the people of North Carolina’s 10th District and must be removed from office. There is no way he did not know and did not have any part in Lay’s election and voter fraud; Lay was, of course, living in McHenry’s home.

McHenry is giving North Carolina a bad name. He cannot be allowed to continue representing our state.

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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 07:57 AM
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26. Anybody want to read Harlow Cuadra's blog?
He's the escort website dude that is up for murder in Pennsylvania. Drake was supposedly at the Florida house to get money from Gonzales and Abrami for Cuadra's defense.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 07:57 AM
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27. another very good site
http://patgobyebye.blogspot.com /

This is what I do know:

1. McHenry is a known ally of high level murdered Republican dirty tricks consultant Ralph Gonzalez and of his alleged shooter Jason Robert Drake.

2. Something is hinky about the police investigation. (Perhaps it’s just the way they talk* about it but it just doesn’t seem authentic.)

3. The traditional media’s response to this is totally suspicious and inexplicable. Google and see for yourself. (Imagine them ignoring the murder of two prominent young gay Democratic operatives. You can’t do it.)

4. A disinformation campaign of some kind has begun particularly concerning Jason Drake, whether it’s the initial reports that were false or the subsequent rebuttals, I can’t say at this point. I’m doubting the responses but I don’t have any primary sources on the initial reports.

5. We know from experience that no media outlets in the 10th Congressional District will cover, much less research this story.

Until enough trained professional investigators take on this case, I am going to do what I can to keep it alive. Once more experienced researchers with better resources take this on, I’ll pass on everything they report and do my best to assist them.
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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 08:08 AM
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28. Thanks for adding some good links to keep this conversation going.
There's definitely more to this and I hope it will develop some legs in the mainstream. Although, it may just be too much for our fourth estate to handle.

Like DQ said in the post above, I will do what I can to keep the story alive.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 04:08 PM
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37. What kind of disinformation
campaign re jason drake. I am interested as I met him on july 4th and am hearing some things but totally different than the speculation.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 09:43 AM
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31. Looks like a rough week for McHenry. (McHenry suspends deputy field director after DWI charge)
Edited on Wed Sep-05-07 09:45 AM by IanDB1
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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 10:24 AM
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32. McHenry Gave A 1 Min Speech This Morning Touting His Town Hall Meetings in His District...
The fact that he has failed to hold any town hall meetings after the double murder/suicide, where he might be asked some tough questions, was not included in today's morning speech.

I agree with other posters that the damage control machinery is running full speed on this story.

Can't beat those 'family values/anti-gay rights' Repubs when it comes to hypocrisy.
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 11:04 AM
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34. blogactive has been on this story for a few months.
Edited on Wed Sep-05-07 11:14 AM by JackBeck
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 12:04 PM
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35. Kick, because now FEENEY'S name is showing up.
There is every indication that McHenry may have been one of the Republican elected officials who was using the services of the gay prostitution agency connected to Drake. Our pals over at the BradBlog points out the connections between Florida’s ultra-corrupt, vote-tampering congressman, Tom Feeney, and Gonzalez and reports the threat to expose the list of Republican elected officials who were using the gay escort service.


For backstory on Feeney, check:

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=1025
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-05-07 01:05 PM
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36. Oh Gawd.....could we be so lucky as to get rid of that little rat bastard?
He's such a cocky little SOB.
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