So you’re running for President of the United States. You find out that a trusted friend was convicted of a crime. What do you do?
If you’re Fred Thompson you ask for and accept their resignation.
Phil Martin, a businessman who has lent Thompson his private jet to fly around the country, was one of four campaign co-chairmen for the ’08 Republican candidate. The Washington Post reported Sunday that Martin also posted a guilty plea in 1979 for selling 11 pounds of marijuana and a no contest plea in 1983 for cocaine trafficking and conspiracy.
If you’re Hillary Clinton you put them on your staff in an “unofficial” capacity.
Sandy Berger was fined $50,000, placed on probation and stripped of his security clearance for three years after pleading guilty to stealing classified documents from the National Archives in 2003 as he prepared to meet with the 9/11 Commission. The news of what he had done led to his departure from the presidential campaign of Democratic Sen. John Kerry in 2004.
Honestly (pun intended), who would you want in the White House?