The Top 5 Politicians I Would Like To See Indicted Besides Rick Perry

Rick Perry for prisonIt was announced yesterday that Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted on two felony charges. One was for coercion of a public servant, the other for abuse of official capacity. In a nutshell, these charges stem from threatening to slash funding for a prosecutor’s office that investigated public corruption if the person overseeing it didn’t resign after her arrest for drunk driving. The District Attorney who ran that public integrity unit, Rosemary Lehmberg, just happened to be a Democrat and was allowed to stay in office after being cleared by a separate grand jury.

Grand jurors indicted Perry on abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony with potential punishments of five to 99 years in prison, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony that carries a punishment of two to 10 years. No one disputes that Perry is allowed to veto measures approved by the Legislature, including part or all of the state budget. But the left-leaning Texans for Public Justice government watchdog group filed an ethics complaint accusing the governor of coercion because he threatened to use his veto before actually doing so in an attempt to pressure Lehmberg to quit. (Source)

What Rick Perry did was illegal, but there’s other politicians out there that have done worse and have gotten away with it so far. Here are the top five political figures I would like see in prison jumpsuits.

5. Darrell Issa: Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars since he took that position on launching one politically motivated investigation after another. It would seem that he has done little else other than to try to make something, no matter how ridiculous, stick to President Obama and the White House as part of the Tea Party crusade to somehow impeach the president. Like Wile. E. Coyote, every attempt has blown up in his face so far. But just like that cartoon coyote, he just goes back to square one and tries all over again with that same self-assuredness that this time, it’s going to finally get that pesky President Obama.

Abuse of power and misuse of public funds sound like great charges for Darrell Issa to me. Perhaps, unlike accusations of auto theft and arson in his past, maybe these would actually stick.

4. Chris McDaniel: While I’m certainly no fan of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel is a real piece of work. Seriously, when the black community turns out to vote for an incumbent Republican in a Mississippi primary just to make sure his challenger doesn’t get into office, that tells you a lot right there. Now it appears that his campaign also paid a pastor to lie and say that Senator Cochran’s campaign hired him to buy votes from the black community.

Days after the primary, Pastor Stevie Fielder told a conservative blogger that he had been hired by Cochran’s campaign to “offer blacks $15 each” to vote for the incumbent and got thousands of them to do so. Soon after, he changed his story, saying he had been asked to participate in such a scheme, but had not done so. The Cochran campaign acknowledged paying $300 to Fielder to reimburse him for get-out-the-vote expenses, but denied any vote-buying efforts.
Now, after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (D) began investigating Fielder’s original claims, he says he was paid to lie. According to a Hood spokeswoman, Fielder told state investigators that he received $2,000 to give the false interview — and that the money came from a McDaniel campaign spokesman. (Source)

I’m not sure of the exact charges that could be levied against Sen. McDaniel, but he should at least be censured by the Mississippi State Legislature. Oh, who am I kidding? This is Mississippi we’re talking about after all.

3. Paul Ryan: Few people in Washington have done more to fight for the interests of the wealthiest and most powerful other than Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Whether he’s drinking $350 bottles of wine with conservative economists or writing up budget proposals that might even make Ayn Rand cringe, few politicians embrace the “fuck the poor” ideology more than Paul Ryan. He also claims he doesn’t like the Netflix series “House of Cards” and I suspect it isn’t because of Frank Underwood’s infidelity to his wife, but probably because it’s a lot like looking in the mirror.
Last time I checked, being a Koch puppet wasn’t technically illegal so it is unlikely we’ll see him in prison orange any time soon. However, we can still dream, right?

2. Rick Scott: Florida Governor Rick Scott has managed to escape criminal prosecution in the past. Before he became governor, Rick Scott was the CEO of Columbia/HCA which was fined a total of $1.7 billion for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. In 2011, shortly after being elected, he signed a bill into law which would have required drug testing for welfare recipients. Not only was the law designed to imply that people on welfare were there because they were lazy drug addicts, the company most likely to perform these test was Solantic – a company that he co-founded.

One of the more popular services at Solantic, the urgent care chain co-founded by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, is drug testing, according to Solantic CEO Karen Bowling. Given Solantic’s role in that marketplace, critics are again asking whether Scott’s policy initiatives – this time, requiring drug testing of state employees and welfare recipients – are designed to benefit Scott’s bottom line.
The Palm Beach Post reported in an exclusive story two weeks ago that while Scott divested his interest in Solantic in January, the controlling shares went to a trust in his wife’s name. (Source)

As the polls stand now, Rick Scott is in a tossup race with former governor Charlie Crist who is now a Democrat. It is possible that if he loses the election, there may be some investigations into his actions while in office. After all, the former governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, managed to get indicted, so there’s always hope for the same thing when it comes to Rick Scott.

1. Bobby Jindal: Perhaps I’m biased since he’s is my governor, but there’s no politician I would love to see behind bars more than Bobby Jindal. Yes, signing unconstitutional laws, appointing the head of a hate group to a state law enforcement commission, or spending a lot of your time out of state sucking up to religious fanatics isn’t really illegal. However, selling the state’s medical system off to your political benefactors or signing a bill absolving oil companies of financial liability is when your brother just so happens to represent them probably are. Undisclosed conflicts of interest? Typical for Louisiana politics and possibly a prosecutable offense should the Justice Department decide to investigate further. After all, if they could put Edwin Edwards in prison, I’m sure with the right inquiries, it could happen to Jindal as well.

These are just five politicians I’d love to see behind bars, although there are probably many that deserve the same punishment. Have your own suggestions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.


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  • old and happy

    Issa should be number ONE!!!

  • Eg Kbbs

    So many to choose from. Of course the Bush/Cheney tour of the Hague would be wonderful.

    If it were anyone but the repubs, I wouldn’t wonder if the Boehner threat of impeaching / suing the President wasn’t some sort of veiled threat against impeaching Perry.

  • Richard Desjardin

    No Democrats?

    Your bias is showing.

    • JJ5306

      What Democrat?

    • This is your opportunity to name a democrat along with the crime committed. Someone here already named Andrew Cuomo. Show us who’s on your mind.

      • Sam Brosenberg

        There are plenty he could name too, if he he was actually trying to contribute to a discussion instead of be a partisan hack. Isn’t Rahm Emannuel being investigated for corruption right now? There’s Andrew Cuomo, of course, and Govenror Quinn of Illinois is under investigation for some shady shit.

    • Chris Calderhead

      You’re on a site called “Forward Progressives,” Dickbag. What do you expect?

  • John McCready

    You forgot Scott Walker of WI! And Jerry Brown of CA!

    • JJ5306

      Why Jerry Brown? He’s a great governor!

      • John McCready

        Not if he is granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, and allowing gender-jumping kids to use the bathroom of the “gender they identify with”! Those issues are enough to get him thrown out-NOW!

      • Jo Clark

        Perhaps you’re unaware, but it requires an actual crime to be “indicted”. Just because you don’t agree with a politician doesn’t make him worthy of an indictment. Honestly, you sound like the worst teabagger bigot. I bet you think Obama is a criminal too, right? Bring on the charges, bigot. You’ve had six years to find an actual criminal offense and you haven’t so far.

        You and people like you are what is so dangerous in this country, little pouty toddlers stomping their feet when a politician does something they don’t like. If you don’t like their policies, vote, change them legislatively, like the adults in the room do. If you can’t do it that way, go live somewhere else where there is no democratic process. You’ll fit right in.

      • Charles Vincent

        Actually Obama is a criminal as well as most presidents since WW2.

      • Gary Saucedo

        Driver Licenses are granted to people who take tests and will be driving on the roads, they are to promote safety for all of us. “Gender Jumping?” Are you sure you are on the correct forum here. The Rush Limbaugh forum is where you should be with that bigoted attitude.

      • JJ5306

        That is absolutely a racist, ignorant and uninformed statement. These people need amnesty, a social security number, driver’s licenses and a tax form.

        Jerry Brown is a smart man, a great governor and a mán who knows what we should be doubt as a PROGRESSIVE NATION.

        People like you are why we are moving backward instead of forward.

        Instead of patrols, we should have ICE offices at the border where people are welcomed, photographed, fingerprinted, blood drawn for DNA, Sicial Security numbers assigned and put into the tax system.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Use WIRE ROPE and hang them all together. As a budget cutting method.

  • Brian Novotny

    Where is Scott Walker! America’s Most Wanted Crook and Liar!

    • geez

      I was disappointed! I clicked on the article just to see his name listed! On top of it there is the potential there already.

  • Julie Ann Harmon

    Andrew Cuomo. Yes, he’s a democrat and so am I. He needs to be in jail! He threw a fit and disbanded the Moreland commission whose job it was to investigate corruption when they began investigating his friends and supporters. He has also passed a few laws that were not only ineffective but unconstitutional and then put pressure on judges, both state and federal, to ensure those unconstitutional laws stayed on the books.

    • Sam Brosenberg

      He’s fucked already, it’s just a matter of time I think. I’d be thrilled to see him removed from office and criminally charged, although I don’t know if he technically broke the law or not. Either way, he fucking sucks as a governor.

  • JJ5306

    Agreed but ISSA should be first!

  • bill


  • edmargerum

    Rick Snyder John Boehner Louie Gomert Pat McCrory Mitch McConnell Ted Cruz and anyone named Paul.

    • NanaLynne

      Scott Walker

    • barefoot bob

      Gohmert is only criminally stupid, has not performed any criminal act that I’m aware of. But, what the hell, add him to the list.

      • melodie

        showing ignorant

    • nctrublu

      pat mccrory–yes!

  • ML

    Tom Corbett. Delaying the Sandusky investigation for one thing. Raping public education is another. Attempts to disenfranchise legal voters. Lying about all of it.

  • squire41101

    Dick Cheney for War Crimes

  • Terry

    I would add Scott Walker, Bushs, Cheney and Rumsfeld…also Congressional Republicans McConnell and John Boehner for economic terrorism

  • Frosty

    Traid Scott Walker for Bobby Jindal, and I am on board, with the addition of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld.

  • thesystemforce

    Aside from the absence of Scott Walker, agreed.

    Oh, and as others have pointed out, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld should all face war crime charges.

  • rydermike

    So threatening to veto something before passed is considered illegal? Then LOCK OBAMA UP! He does that crap all the time!

    • Chuck Gray

      Your bias is showing! There’s nothing wrong with threatening a veto before something is passed if your reason has something to do with the topic at hand. That’s not what the issue is here. Perry threatened to defund someone’s dept in order to force them to step down so that he could replace them with a Republican…then did it for several years. Following your logic then, it wouldn’t be President Obama that would be guilty in that instance, it would be Senatorial Republicans that continue to filibuster his appointments unless he does their bidding, leaving empty posts all over the country as well as the world because they’re not being allowed to fill judicial appointments with Republican judges. Slashing funding for a prosecutor who’s in charge of rooting out corruption, specifically potentially your own corruption is more than a conflict of interest. Ironically, let’s see if Perry is willing to step down now since he’s been indicted and faces real jail time.

  • jim

    I would have had Gov. ‘Snott’ Walker in there! Lyin’ Unethical, Crooked Preacher’s Son!

  • George

    Where’s Ron Paul?

  • Matthew Reece

    All politicians deserve some sort of punishment because all have been complicit in initiatory force against peaceful people.

  • melodie

    Why am I not surprised. They’re all Republicans. You are very biased, Obama should be at the top of the list.

    • Corey

      What has Obama done that a president prior didnt already do ??!!

  • XAV

    No treasonous Ted Cruz?! I was sure he would be #1 for his stunt to shut down the government that irked even his fellow ‘Pugs. At some point he is going to be accused of appearing in blackface, only to be discovered to have his face covered in $#!+ from having his head up his ass.

  • Charles Vincent

    Hmm well Manny the first charge will likely not stick considering Texas law here is a post of mine that I will share from Allen’s article.

    here are a few other things to consider;

    http://codes DOT lp DOT findlaw DOT com/txstatutes/PE/8/39/39.02

    http://codes DOT lp DOT findlaw DOT com/txstatutes/PE/8/36/36.03


    http://www DOT texastribune DOT org/2013/04/19/politics-could-determine-travis-county-das-future/

    one thing that sort of puts a crimp on this situation IMHO is this
    “…lawsuit under a rarely used tenet of state law that authorizes the removal of county officials over drunkenness…”

    The second however is punitive and could stick but realistically probably only a 50/50 chance of doing so.

  • Corey

    #1. George W. Bush, #2. Dick Cheney …

  • Cindy Ladd

    I’m certainly not crying over Rick Perry’s karma problems, but I think the charges against him are almost as ridiculous as the lawsuit against President Obama. Line-item vetoes are part of his job. He shouldn’t have been so forthcoming about why he was vetoing her budget, but she needed to be out of there.

  • Patrick Freedom Eagle Sparks

    Rick Scott should be number 1. He is literally a criminal.

  • firehawk

    Chris Christie? ???

  • evilmonkey

    Please add Mary Fallin to that list…..puppet of the Kock clan and all around evil bigot