Tuesday, March 31, 2009
So far, nearly all of the nominees to serve in the administration of The Clown™ have been crooks, thieves, tax cheats, or have some other problem in their lives. Now we present the nominee for Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, a former Governor of Mississippi, who taped his wife's private conversations with a priest and then used them in their divorce to get custody of his kids.
Folks, meet Ray Mabus, the latest piece of excrement to be named to the administration of The Clown™.
Navy Secretary Nominee Drew Notice Over Divorce
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s nominee for secretary of the Navy was involved in a divorce that drew national attention for his secret taping of a conversation between his wife and his family priest that he used against her in court proceedings.
The nominee, Ray Mabus, is a former governor of Mississippi and a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and he served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Mr. Mabus, a Democrat, was a strong supporter of Mr. Obama in the campaign last year.
In 1998, as Mr. Mabus and his wife, Julie (now Julie Hines), sought to work out their marital problems, he surreptitiously recorded a meeting the couple had with the Rev. Jerry McBride, a mutual friend.
Mr. Mabus had told Mr. McBride in advance that he had been advised by a lawyer to tape the conversation, according to court records. Neither man mentioned the recording to Ms. Hines. During the session, she admitted having an affair and told her husband, “I will hate you till the day I die, and I will tell my children.”
An expert psychiatric witness for Mr. Mabus referred to Ms. Hines’s recorded comments as evidence that he should get legal custody of the couple’s two daughters. The judge in the case awarded legal custody to Mr. Mabus and split physical custody between him and Ms. Hines.
After the ruling, Ms. Hines, who expressed regret for her comments, sued Mr. McBride, his church and the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, alleging malpractice and fraud. She did not sue Mr. Mabus, who broke no laws by recording the meeting.
The suit drew attention in 2002 as a potential test case for privacy rights involving churches. Ms. Hines went on something of a media blitz, describing in nationally televised interviews what she called a betrayal by her priest in collusion with her ex-husband. A judge dismissed her suit in 2006; the Mississippi Supreme Court is expected to consider an appeal this year.
Now get this response from the White House:
A White House official, who requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations on a personnel matter, said that officials who reviewed Mr. Mabus’s background knew about the messy divorce and did not view it as material to his potential duties as Navy secretary.
Translation? Sure the guy is a grade-A sleazebag, but if he can do the job, who cares?
Now, imagine if George W. Bush or any Republican President named someone who did this to his wife to a major position in his administration. Women's groups would march on the White House demanding the withdrawal of the nominee. But when a Downercrat does it, there is silence.
Typical liberal hypocrisy, please rear thy head.