Posted by: sweeneyblog | October 26, 2011

Sam Crawford Fumbles Ethical Questions

Hello Loyal Readers,

More short blurbs with video. Frequent readers of The Political Junkie will remember Sam Crawford’s numerous ethical lapses with the disappearing emails. This issue was even featured in an attack ad playing right now on a cable station near you (you can find it online here) Truly, this was a symptom of a larger problem (i.e. he was destroying evidence of unethical behavior, we didn’t get the evidence, just the cover-up).

Recently, Crawford had to answer questions about it in a public forum and his answer was . . . well . . . less than convincing. You can find the whole debate on Btv10 here, but some snarky fellow (honestly, I don’t know who) made this clip of just that answer with their own personalized subtitles. Enjoy


You can read the interview I did with his opponent, Christina Maginnis, here.



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