What would Republicans say if Obama’s campaign chairman was Cuban-born and of Palestinian descent?
The answer to the question in the headline above is that the right-wing noise machine would blow a gasket.
But no, President Obama’s campaign chairman was not born in Cuba and is not of Palestinian descent. That description applies, instead, to the chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign, John Sununu (above)
Sununu’s lineage would be irrelevant if it weren’t for the likelihood that a big fuss would arise if it did, in fact, apply to anyone in a position of authority in Obama’s campaign. In such a case, a Republican partisan of Sununu’s bigoted variety likely would be a leader in making the fuss.
Why do I say Sununu is bigoted? Because he SUGGESTED yesterday that retired Gen. Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama was based on race.
But aside from Sununu’s bigotry and aside from his repugnant challenges to Obama’s Americanism (see HERE), there’s the matter of the man’s record of unethical behavior in public office.
As we see HERE, when he was White House chief of staff to the first President Bush:
Sununu reportedly took personal trips, for skiing and other purposes, and classified them as official, for purposes such as conservation or promoting the Thousand Points of Light. The Washington Post wrote that Sununu’s jets “took him to fat-cat Republican fund-raisers, ski lodges, golf resorts and even his dentist in Boston.” Sununu had paid the government only $892 for his more than $615,000 worth of military jet travel. Sununu said that his use of the jets was necessary because he had to be near a telephone at all times for reasons of national security. Sununu became the subject of much late-night television humor over the incident. Sununu worsened the situation shortly afterwards when, after leaking rumors of financial difficulties in his family, he traveled to a rare stamp auction at Christie’s auction house in New York City from Washington in a government limousine, spending $5,000 on rare stamps. Sununu then sent the car and driver back to Washington unoccupied while he returned on a corporate jet. In the course of one week, 45 newspapers ran editorials on Sununu, nearly all of them critical of his actions.
Sununu repaid over $47,000 to the government for the flights on the orders of White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, with the help of the Republican Party. However, the reimbursements were at commercial rates, which are about one-tenth the cost of the actual flights; one ski trip to Vail, Colorado, alone had cost taxpayers $86,330.
Yeah, this is the guy Mitt Romney selected to chair his presidential campaign.