"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
The Oregon political world's radar blipped yesterday upon the entrance of Bill Sizemore into the Oregon GOP gubernatorial primary. I'll admit to being a bit surprised upon hearing the news. After all, this guy is about as washed up in Oregon as it gets right now.
But grifters being what they are, Sizemore's decision is starting to make some sense to me.
He's been locked in legal battles with the teacher's unions for the better part of a decade. Sizemore has even been hauled off to jail in the process for contempt of court. But really, that's the least of his troubles. The court system has penalized Sizemore heavily for his illegal activities, including a "pattern of racketeering". The way I understand it works, Sizemore can no longer legally raise funds for ballot measures in Oregon.
This has seriously put a crimp in his ability to use campaign money to buy new cars, orthodonture, condos in Mexico and gold pieces. In other words, he can't milk ballot measure campaign funds for his personal piggy bank anymore. The way I hear it however, Sizemore's still got some true believers out there who say that these things were just good investments and necessities and the teachers unions are out to misconstrue everything Sizemore does.
All this said, he may be able to raise money for candidate campaigns.
And so the grift begins.
Bill Sizemore has no money to speak of. Not the kind of money that it takes to fight a lawsuit and file and prosecute a countersuit. He told Ted Piccolo that he "may have to run my campaign from inside a jail cell..." Indeed he may. In fact, I imagine that's what Sizemore wants.
Next month, Sizemore is expected to appear in court. The buzz is that he'll once again be hauled off to jail. I predict that this sets him up to lead his ardent supporters into the belief that he's Oregon's version of Nelson Mandela. He'll claim himself a political prisoner, locked away in an effort to keep him from thwarting the evil unions as they lay waste in their socialist takeover of our state.
All that's left are the fundraising appeals. Broad, expansively worded asks for money to help poor Bill to defeat the monolithic forces out to destroy all that he and his supporters hold dear. A tidy little reminder that he's filed to run for Governor, and the money comes in--and goes right to his lawyer to fight the lawsuits.
I wonder how many of these true believers will give up their hard-earned cash to this charlatan, duped into this bilking once more.