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Monday, March 13, 2006

Claude Allen's Demise?

I must say I was extremely shocked to see the reports of Claude Allen's arrest for stealing $5,000 in merchandise from a Montgomery County Target and Hechts. It just seems so ridiculous to me for a man of his stature to be wasting his time with stealing so little in such a petty way. I'm not saying massive embezzlement of government funds would be justified, but it would perhaps make more sense, perhaps be rationale. But this just lacks any point whatsoever. Why risk such a sterling reputation and job potential for a Bose Wave Radio system?

Claude Allen, former Secretary of Health for Allen and Gilmore's administrations in Virginia, and a filibustered nominee to the 4th Circuit, and most recently Bush's top domestic policy advisor before resigning about a month ago simply doesn't fit the bill of someone who would do this.

I am interested to see whether he will be convicted and how credible the charges are. We can only hope this indeed was a misunderstanding as his attorney claims.


Blogger J.Sarge said...

It seems to me that there is another explanation. He could simply be ill. I agree that his actions as presented do not appear to make a great deal of sense. I also agree that Mr. Allen is innocent until proven guilty. If he is guilty, I hope it is not for nefarious reasons and that he gets the help he needs. I doubt such an illness is a defense in and of itself, but that does not mean that treatment cannot coincide with punishment.

7:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When he was with the Gilmore Administration, Mr. Allen was not renowned for his dedication to the truth.

11:45 AM

Blogger Publius said...

Or perhaps the fact that he bought a million dollar home and only made $160,000 a year led him to steal. This is not an example of a man with a disease; this is an example of a man who tried to live beyond his means.

12:09 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has a troubled identical twin brother. Might there be something there?

8:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't surprise me at all that Allen, who is a extremely conservative republican, and a born-again christian, is also a thief. Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, hello?? Just because of some "holier-than-thou" attitude doesn't make you morally superior to us agostics and humanists.

10:54 AM


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