Once upon a time (i.e., 2008 after the last presidential elections), I wrote a novel in a fit of frustration about how arrogantly unhelpful politicians were.
The Politician’s Pawn, as it turned out to be titled, involves a U.S. senator who has no problem kidnapping people, beating up women or throwing citizens to the wolves to cover up his crimes.
Now, I definitely based parts and pieces of it off of real-life politicians and suspicious stories involving government officials. But as much as I believe most of our supposed civil servants are more than capable of stooping as low as my fictional characters, the story is still just that: a story.
In fact, I had no factual data to work with whatsoever when my main villain left protagonist Kayla Jeateski with a smeared bloody line across her right temple, a black and blue eye, and a cracked lip after she tried – and failed – to get away from him.
No factual data, that was, until I stumbled onto a news story the other day about Senator Alan Grayson’s ex-wife accusing him of decades of domestic abuse. The Washington Times reports:
“From 1994 to 2014, the Florida Democrat’s then-wife, Lolita Grayson, went to police at least four times with accusations of domestic abuse, according to documents she provided to Politico. Ms. Grayson, 56, said she sought medical attention on at least two occasions.”
In Grayson’s defense, their daughter has since called her mother an emotionally troubled liar. Yet considering how Grayson thought nothing of calling a female advisor at the Federal Reserve a “K Street whore” on public radio, it seems pretty clear that he doesn’t respect women.
And one of his excuses, as dictated by his spokesman at the time, Todd Jurkowski, seems equally indicative of a dangerously bad temper:
“Let's be clear about the context. The attack was on her professional career, not her personal life. She attacked the Congressman and his efforts to promote a Republican bill to audit the Federal Reserve. She actually questioned his understanding of the difference between fiscal and monetary policy. She had the audacity to attack a Congressman who used to be an economist. She's a career lobbyist who used to work for Enron and advocates for whatever she gets paid to promote.”
So a woman dared to disagree with him? The way the aptly-named Jurkowski put it, she’s lucky she just got called a “whore” and didn’t get bloodied and bruised, lying in some back alley…
Like Seth Rich.
Seth Rich is the Democratic National Committee staffer who was beaten, shot and killed early on July 8 in D.C. When I first saw the headline back then, I assumed he was in a bad neighborhood. But it turns out that Bloomingdale, where his body was found, is “up and coming.”
Stranger still is how the killer or killers left him with his wallet, watch and phone. And how the cops have no leads three weeks later despite a $25,000 reward for worthwhile information.
But perhaps the most suspicious detail is how he died so mysteriously right before WikiLeaks released thousands of incriminating and unflattering internal data straight from the DNC.
The pro-Democrat Heatstreet calls this train of logic a “crazy conspiracy theory,” writing:
The theory is apparently based on Julian Assange’s recent ITV appearance, where he scoffed at the idea that Russian hackers could be responsible for the data dump, and said that “anyone” within the Democrats’ organization could easily have sent Wikileaks the offending messages.
“Given that Rich as a DNC staffer presumably would have had some access to its servers, Reddit is absolutely positive Rich paid the ultimate price for exposing Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC’s crusade against Bernie Sanders.”
I don’t know though… That doesn’t sound so crazy to me considering how willing Democrat leaders were to use and abuse their party members … or how lengthy the list already is of suspicious deaths the Clintons carry like Jacob Marley’s clanking chains…
My fictional Politician’s Pawn is looking pretty darn justified right about now.
More than it already was.