Sunday, March 27, 2011

Meet the Republican Party: Carlos Lam edition

Just a typical e-mail from an ordinary Republican activist: nothing to see here (click on image to enlarge)

Meet Carlos Lam; he's just your everyday ordinary Republican activist and public office holder:
Carlos Lam, a Republican activist and Indiana deputy prosecutor, has resigned amid revelations that he sent an email calling for a fake attack on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker designed to discredit union protesters.

Walker, a Republican, was the target of protests for his efforts to roll back many union collective bargaining rights in his state. In a Feb. 19 email uncovered by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Lam apparently told Walker he had a "good opportunity" to win public sympathy with a "'false flag' operation."

"If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions' cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions," read the email. It went on to say that the effort "would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions."
Wow, Republicans are willing to consider staging false attacks, even shooting (grazing?) their own elected officials in order to create a false and negative impression of the American labor movement.

So how was this guy caught?
Lam initially denied having sent the email, which The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ) discovered "among tens of thousands" released in conjunction with an open-records lawsuit settlement. He told WCIJ he had been shopping for a minivan with his family when it was sent, and suggested his email account had been infiltrated by his political enemies.

"I am flabbergasted and would never advocate for something like this, and would like everyone to be sure that that's just not me," he said when read the email over the phone Tuesday. He added, speaking of the call for a fake attack on Walker, "jeez, that's taking it a little bit to the extreme. Jeez!"

Lam resigned as deputy prosecutor on Thursday morning, however, reportedly telling his boss he had indeed sent the email.
So Walker either never read Lam's e-mail or he neglected to turn Lam in for plotting domestic terrorism.

So remember going forward that if there's any violence associated with the American labor movement, there's a pretty good chance that it will be a phony "false flag" operation arranged by a Republican operative like Carlos Lam. We have this smoking gun e-mail which proves that Republicans think about this sort of thing all the time. Even Governor Scott Walker admitted to considering a violent "false flag" operation when he was talking to someone he thought was a Koch brother.

2 comments:

James Young said...

"So remember going forward that if there's any violence associated with the American labor movement, there's a pretty good chance that it will be a phony "false flag" operation arranged by a Republican operative...."

That comment displays such ignorance of the history of the American labor movement and its history of violence --- or for that matter, recent Virginia labor history --- as to render it a knowing lie, or reveal the commentator as too stupid to comment on the subject.

The Richmonder said...

That's okay James, I expected you to write something like that; after all, you're just an everyday ordinary Republican activist.