Like Taking Columbian Nose Candy Off A BabyThe WaPo has a really well-researched piece up on Marco Rubio and his ex-con brother-in-law, with the unfortunate, down-played headline of How Rubio helped his ex-con brother-in-law acquire a real estate license.
Now, being a bleeding heart liberal,
I do believe that once you’ve done your time, you’ve paid your debt to society and you get a clean slate and a chance to start over, and I applaud people who do. I also feel that the War on Drugs is pointless, and we’ve locked-up and ruined the lives of countless people, mostly for addictions. And so I didn’t bother reading the WaPo article until I read Booman this morning, who takes it apart in his usual style.
The ex-con brother-in-law is not just some petty criminal, but a real Miami Vice-style drug lord. He didn’t just peddle some weed, he sold huge volumes of cocaine, and the gang he ran offed peopled, chopped them up with a chainsaw and burned the remains.
There’s also the matter of $15 million that was never recovered.
This is a big deal. Marco Rubio wasn’t just helping his ex-con brother-in-law, he was using his office to help a murdering drug lord, and he never revealed the family connection when he assisted his brother-in-law. This is a question of judgement as well as of family loyalty (which I understand), but also deliberate deception. I really don’t think this is the kind of nepotism that can be winked and nudged away.