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Why Anthony Weiner needs to call Chuck Colson and Jeb Stuart Magruder

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Rick Robinson
Author, Writ of Mandamus
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      Rick Robinson

      Rick Robinson has spent thirty years in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director/Chief Counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R-KY). He has been active in all levels of politics, from advising candidates on the national level to walking door-to-door in city council races. He ran for the United States Congress in 1998.

      Rick’s first book, The Maximum Contribution, was named a “Finalist” in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Books Awards in the genre of political fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. Sniper Bid, was released on Election Day 2009 and opened on Amazon’s Top Seller list at #46 of political fiction. Sniper Bid earned 5 national awards: Finalist USA Book News Best Books of 2009; Finalist Best Indie Novel Next Generation Indie Books Awards; Runner-up at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival; Honorable Mentions at the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival. Throughout 2009 both books appeared on Amazon’s Top Seller List on the same day.

      Rick’s third offering, Manifest Destiny, was released in the spring of 2010. It was named Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival, a Finalist for Best Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Fiction at the New York Book Festival, a Finalist as Best Thriller in the Indie Excellence Awards, and won Honorable mention in the Beach Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival.

      A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Rick currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Rick, and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.

As if Anthony Weiner didn’t have enough problems in his life.

Within hours of Weiner announcing his resignation from Congress, Keith Olbermann blathered that he may hire Weiner for a talk show on Current TV.

Current TV is the television network created by former Vice President Al Gore to compete with Fox News. To say that the network has struggled would be an understatement. The corporate goal for Current TV in July is to close their ratings gap with the Home Shopping Network.

Last week, Olbermann was on the talk circuit promoting his new show on Current TV. On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Olbermann stated that he’d like to hire Anthony Weiner for the network’s 9:00 p.m. time slot.

It is ironic for Olbermann to say that he wants to be on the same network as Anthony Weiner. Olbermann has made a career by being the top wiener on television. However, if Weiner is interested in personal redemption, Olbermann is not the name he needs to pull up on his speed dial.

Operator — I’d like the phone numbers for Chuck Colson and Jeb Stuart Magruder, please.

The political scandal upon which all future ones were to be judged was Watergate. The break-in and ensuing cover-up sent men to jail and caused President Richard Nixon to resign. Two of the Watergate conspirators who went to jail were Chuck Colson and Jeb Stuart Magruder.

Chuck Colson was a special counsel to the president and the first member of the Nixon administration to go to jail following a guilty plea for obstruction of justice. Prior to going to jail, Colson was a ruthless political hack who was commonly referred to as Nixon’s personal hatchet man. He authorized Nixon’s “Enemies List” and was said to be willing to walk over his own grandmother to re-elect the president.

After leaving the White House (but prior to pleading guilty), Colson read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and converted to Christianity. Despite being blasted in the press at the time, Colson has lived his convictions since leaving prison. He started a jail ministry and became a noted lecturer on the topic of ethics. His views on religion and ethics are as unwavering as had been his actions on behalf of President Nixon.

Chuck Colson’s thoughts on Anthony Weiner were expressed in a column he posted recently: “I suppose if any good is to come from the Weiner episode, it may be that people can see where the me-centered, post-modern worldview leads us: To narcissism and to the therapist’s couch.”

Jeb Stuart Magruder left the Nixon While House to become deputy director of the Committee to Re-Elect the President (“CREEP”) and met with G. Gordon Liddy over the Watergate break-ins and other covert CREEP operations. Liddy and Magruder both followed Colson to jail.

Post jail, Magruder ended his involvement in politics, earned a Master of Divinity and became an ordained Presbyterian minister. Over the years, he has spoken openly on Watergate and the lessons that others could learn from his own mistakes. Magruder’s demeanor is softer than Colson’s.

Magruder’s stint as a Presbyterian minister included leading a church in Lexington, Kentucky. It was while Magruder was the head of that church that I had the opportunity to have lunch with one of the more infamous and controversial names in Watergate history.