Thank You, Charlie!
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Posted on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 01:36:12 PM EST
Tags: Turkia Awada Mullin, Robert Ficano, Azzam Elder, Marianne Talon, Tim Taylor, The Ed McNamara Machine, Michigan Democratic Party, Wayne County Corruption Lives On, Affirmative Action Meets The Peter Principle, John Rakolta Jr, AG Bill Shuette, Mitt Romney (all tags)
What do Mitt and Bob have in common?
Detroit - Mitt's presidential ambitions may meet their Waterloo in the Big Mitten and if they do, Mitt might have Bob to thank.
That's because Romney and Bob Ficano, the Wayne County executive who is caught in the crosshairs of an FBI corruption probe, have a certain friend in common -- John Rakolta. Rakolta is a prominent Detroit developer whose company, Walbridge, won a $300 million contract last summer to build the new Wayne County jail.
In turns out Rakolta is Romney's co-national finance chairman.
The Rakolta connection couldn't come at a worse time for Romney, whose commanding lead in his boyhood state of Michigan has shriveled to a statistical tie with Rick Santorum.
The feds are investigating a pattern of pay-to-play in the jail deal and have subpoenaed the county's records in connection with Walbridge. As it happens, Rakolta has been a contributor to the Democrat Ficano, a member of Ficano's finance host committee, and a $25,000 contributor to a non-profit business group know as Edge Opportunities that paid Turkia Mullin to lobby the county development czar.
It's about damn time someone in the MSM picks up on this.