Under the radar?
If Littwin testifies, this could drive a spike right through the Meirs nomination.
In a way, I hope it doesn't happen - who knows what the chimp plans if Meirs should fail.
tip 'o the tin foil hat
In his desperation to get back the base ..
is Ashcroft next up?
R.I. firm was subject of probe when Miers ran Texas lottery
By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | October 5, 2005
WASHINGTON -- When George W. Bush became governor of Texas in 1995, he chose Harriet E. Miers to sit on the problem-plagued lottery commission, which was then wrestling with accusations of financial improprieties involving the Rhode Island company that ran the sweepstakes.
After Miers became chairwoman of the panel, it hired a new director, Lawrence Littwin, to investigate the company's practices and to solicit bids from others who were seeking to run the lucrative gaming operations.
Littwin launched a sweeping investigation, but after only five months on the job he was dismissed by the three-member commission. The panel never publicly explained its decision, other than to issue a statement saying it had ''lost confidence" in him. Then the new director halted the inquiry and renewed the company's $130 million annual contract.
Now, as Miers prepares for Senate hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court, Bush and other supporters have praised her work as head of the Texas Lottery Commission, saying she had helped to clean up the operation.
But Littwin, the man who was hired to clean things up, said in a lawsuit in 1998 that the commission had dismissed him after being heavily lobbied by the company running the lottery, and its political allies, to halt his investigation.