Friday, May 29, 2015

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Unwittingly Promotes “Politician’s Pawn”

I’m going to use the charges against Republican former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to shamelessly promote myself today.

Let’s start out with the facts…

According to the indictment, Hastert agreed to give a blackmailer $3.5 million “in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against” said person. He then allegedly went on to make carefully arranged withdrawals to avoid suspicion, and lied to the FBI when those precautions proved fruitless.

Now, admittedly, it’s also a fact that these are just charges, not a conviction. But considering that Dennis Hastert is a politician from Illinois, it’s safe to presume him guilty until proven innocent.

Actually, considering that Dennis Hastert is a politician period, it’s safe to presume him guilty until proven innocent.

I mean, this is a man who started out as a teacher and wrestling coach before being elected to the statehouse, then the U.S. House, and then Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007. (That makes him a high-ranking politician during my early voting days… and I had no idea he existed until this moment. I’m a little ashamed to admit that.) And yet he somehow had $3.5 million to hand over to blackmailers?

I smell something shady there, if only insider trading while in office and then sucking further life-funds from the American people through his post-political career as a lobbyist… all of which fits perfectly with the theme of my political thriller, “The Politician’s Pawn”… that politicians don’t know or care what’s best for this country.

In some way, shape or form, most of them are in it for themselves.

“The Politician’s Pawn” opens with average American Kayla Jeateski sitting in her Baltimore County home when four masked men come charging into her life to kidnap her. They’re on the payroll of a corrupt U.S. senator who’s trying to swing a vote.

Problem is, he gave his men the wrong address, which means Kayla’s life has become entirely disposable in a political game not of her choosing.

Learn more about “The Politician’s Pawn” and the larger Dirty Politics trilogy at, or go to to read the first chapter.

I promise you won’t be bored. How could you be when it’s the cutthroat world of politics, filled with blackmailing, intrigue and elaborate schemes?

In this case, art definitely takes after reality.

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