I’m not huge fan of Warren Kinsella (he once told me to go fuck myself, made me cry ~sniff~), but he seem to be accurately predicting the future by examining the past when he penned;
Phase Two: As in the sponsorship affair, this is the phase where arrests will commence. All of the targets will lawyer up, and none will want to take a bullet for the Conservative Party, particularly since they are facing jail time. This phase will cover late 2013 and into 2014.
So late night, while I was grabbing a quick nap, this story reared its ugly head in the media, Guelph Tory worker cancels meeting with Elections Canada investigator. Seems the deputy campaign manager for the CPC candidate Marty Burke, Andrew Prescott, has decided that it is now time to Lawyer Up and STFU. Might I suggest LawyerLocate.ca (plug for one of friends, I’m sure they’ll even take money from the CPC, just no pre-paid VISA “burner” credit cards, thnx)
On the advice of his lawyer, a key player in the 2011 Conservative campaign for Guelph is refusing to answer more questions from Elections Canada investigators probing fraudulent robo-calls in the riding.
Ok, so Warren isn’t completely right, they’re Lawyering Up before the arrests have started and it is happen now instead of 2013, but hey, why not get a head of game and all that good stuff.
Now what is it that the Law & Order crowd over at the CPC HarperBots like to say about people who start to Lawyer Up?
- Only guilty people need a lawyer,… blah, blah, blah,…
- If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear,… yadda, yadda, yadda,…
- (insert generic Law and Order crowd comment here),…
Now to be honest, I don’t blame Andrew Prescott one bit. After all the CPC already tried to pin the whole affair on campaign worker Michael Sona when Defence Minister Peter MacKay threw him under the CPC Blue Bus by suggesting Sona was responsible for the misdirection in Guelph. So who can blame Andrew for Lawyering Up when the CPC has already tried to make speed bump out of Michael Sona, I’m sure Andrew Prescott is starting to hear the CPC Blame Bus bearing down on him.
So all of this happened on Thursday when Andrew Prescott cancelled an in person interview with the Elections Canada investigation,
Prescott cancelled a face-to-face meeting with Mr. Mathews that had been scheduled for Thursday in Guelph, Ont.
His lawyer advised Mr. Prescott against taking the meeting because of intense media focus on his role in the 2011 campaign, the source says.
Sure, it is obviously more important to worry about how this spins in the media than cooperating with a criminal investigation, oh wait,… if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear,…. Truth Will Out! and all that good stuff. It keeps getting worse for the CPC HarperBots doesn’t? Of course Andrew Prescott has every right not cooperate with the investigation (I’m sure that won’t spin badly in the media either) and I’m sure that in Mondays Question Period we will continue hear how the CPC is cooperating fully with the investigation, queue the Dean del MastroRoboto sound track.
In Other News, Julian Fantino seems to caught in a campaign finance scandal that is looking a lot like the CPC In and Out scandal. Jesus, don’t these idiots ever learn to follow the freaking rules. But I guess that is the Law and Order crowd for you. Does Fantino have an answer to 300,000 dollar question? It had better be a really good answer. I’d love to cover this story in greater detail, but I suck when it comes to accounting, so if you want a really good source on this scandal might I suggest reading UNFUCKWITHABLE.CA as good place to start.
I think the first rule in the Harper Rule Book For Elections is there are no rules and if there are rules, they are only suggestions.