On Monday, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld became the first Republican to find his balls. The former Governor announced that he will be throwing his hat into the political arena to challenge Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican nod.
“It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln…equality, dignity, and the opportunity for all. There is no greater cause on Earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight.”
Weld told CNN’s Jake Tapper “I really think if we have six more years of the same stuff we’ve had out of the White House the last two years, that would be a political tragedy, and I would fear for the Republic. I would be ashamed of myself if I didn’t raise my hand and run.” Check out the full interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper below:
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ST. CLOUD, MN
A republican lawmaker has been accused of sexual assault/inappropriate touching, by his own daughter. Minnesota state rep. Jim Knoblach has officially dropped his re-election bid on Friday after he was approached by MPR News (@MPRnews) about allegations made by his daughter that he’d inappropriately touched her for years.
“Her allegations are false.” I and other family members have made repeated attempts to reconcile with her in recent years, but she has refused.”
“I could fight on for another six weeks to defend my reputation while running for re-election. But this would entail subjecting my wife, son, and elderly parents, as well as my daughter, to six weeks of extreme stress and scrutiny. I’m also not willing to spend six weeks fighting with my daughter in the media. As a result, I feel I have no choice but to effectively end my campaign today so I can work toward healing my family.” Knoblach said in a lengthy statement released on Friday.
Knoblach’s daughter, Laura, who is now 23-years old, told MPR News that the first memories of her father’s inappropriate touching happened when she was about 9-years old. She said this went on for years. Laura Knoblach vividly described memories of her father coming into her room late at night.
“He would put his arm around me and not let me get up or get away, and he would lick my neck and bite my ear.” Knolbach told MPR in an interview.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
Former Republican Senator Ralph Shortey, from Oklahoma, was sentenced to 15-years in prison in a federal courtroom on Monday. Shortey’s conviction and prison sentence stems from a child sex trafficking charge.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, Shortey pleaded guilty to the child sex trafficking charge back in November of last year. The guilty plea on one charge was in exchange for having three other child pornography charges against him dropped.
Shortey was arrested in March of 2017 after police found him in a motel room with a 17-year old boy. A tip from the teens’ father led police to the motel. Police accused Shortey of paying the teen for sex. A police report showed a search of the teens tablet uncovered sexually explicit exchanges between Shortey and the teen. Shortey also offered the teen cash in return for “sexual stuff.” The FBI also found that Shortey used fake names to receive and send child porn and he also actively used Craiglist as he sought “encounters with males, the younger the better.”
Shortey resigned shortly after his arrest. His wife was granted a divorce earlier this year. Shortey will have to serve 10-years of supervised release after finishing his prison sentence. He’s also facing a fine of up to $250,000.
NEW YORK, NY
After being arrested on Wednesday and charged with insider trading, Chris Collins defiantly gave a speech later that evening and proclaimed his innocence. Collins said the charges would not deter him from running for re-election for his congressional seat. Saturday morning, word spread that the Republican congressman from New York had changed his tune.
Collins released a statement regarding the suspension of his re-election bid that he posted to his Twitter page.
In true 2018 Republican fashion, Collins made sure to blame the Democrats for every problem in the world and his own transgressions before going on to speak about suspending his re-election campaign, and saying that he would serve out the rest of his current term. Collins also said he looks forward to fighting the “meritless” charges and clearing his good name of any wrongdoing.
Collins said what a person in his situation is supposed to say, as he attempts to exude confidence, but make no mistake about it….CHRIS COLLINS IS IN DEEP SH*T! And he knows it too.
Collins, his son Cameron, and the father of Cameron’s fiance, Stephen Zarsky, were all charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securites fraud, and multiple counts of securities fraud. USA Today (@USAToday) reports, the charges stem from Collins’ association with a biotech company named Innate Immunotherapeutics, which Collins is heavily invested in. Collins has been reported to have been using his clout to attempt to get everyone he encounters to invest in the company. But that’s not where Collins’ legal troubles come from. Collins received inside information about a failed clinical test by the company. Because of his position in the company, Collins received this type of info before the general public. A negative clinical trial of the company’s flagship drug was certain to cause the value of the stock to dip. It’s hard to predict how substantial the drop in the stock price would have been. Collins didn’t wait to find out. He took the inside info and passed it along to his son and others, so they could sell their shares before the rest of the public investors in order to avoid huge losses. This is illegal. This is the very definition of insider trading. Collins and other members of his circle managed to sell 1.78 million shares of the stock before news of the failed trials were made public. The others were mostly family of Collins’ and his son’s fiancee. The Collins crime family avoided $768,600 worth of losses from the swing-move pulled by the congressman. To make matters worse, Chris Collins has also been charged with lying to the FBI about the whole thing.
The criminal case against Collins, his son, and Zarsky has multiple “unnamed co-defendants involved. There’s a possibility those unnamed co-conspirators could be charged at a later date. The unnamed defendants are likely the family members, which leaves open the nasty consideration of family taking the stand and testifying against one another in the hopes of leniency. There is also the possibility that some top level names in the company may be vulnerable to charges too. This is probably going to get very ugly before everything is said and done.