Corker trades tax vote for a personal financial windfall?
Rolling Stone rolls all over Corrupt Bob.
Chickens Coming Home to Roost.
We told you so.
Over a year ago, Rocky Top Politics launched a series outlining the myriad of activities in which Sen. Bob Corker has apparently abused the financial and political system to enrich himself while he has been a senator. He did this through complicated financial deals that hid his personal indebtedness, fraudulent and misleading Senate financial disclosure filings, using information gained from his position on the Senate Banking Committee to short the nation’s housing market (making tens of millions of dollars in the process), questionable stock trades in a company with which he had extensive personal connections and sleazy shopping mall real estate deals that has and will put millions of dollars of taxpayer money into his own pockets.
Yep, RTP’s expose was groundbreaking and damning. Which of course meant it was studiously and completely ignored by the mainstream media.
But every dog may get his day, and now it appears the crew here at Rocky Top is getting ours.
It all began with what the denizens of The Swamp (i.e., Washington) are now referring to as the “Corker Kickback.” Over the last several months Corker decided to carve out a new political future by gratuitously slamming President Trump, a man in whose rear Corker stuck his nose up to the hilt to try and gain a major appointment from the president. Trump was having none of it and turned away Bob time and again. Corker then launched into one of his patented snit fits and began trying to exact revenge by going after Trump every chance he got. Hilariously, all his efforts got him were approval numbers among Tennessee Republicans that rivaled those of Hillary Clinton and the announcement he was retiring from the senate (before the voters had the opportunity to through his sorry ass out).
But such self-serving efforts by Corker did not go totally unrewarded. To encourage him for attacking Trump, the liberal MSM began heaping lavish praise on Brave, Brave Sir Robert, placing their collective noses with Bob’s derriere in the same position as Bob did with Trump. The most egregious of the brown-nosers was David Plazas of the TennessCNN, who wrote slobbering wet kisses in the form of multiple columns, praising Corker for his new-found “wokeness.” Other reporters regularly demonstrated their new undying love of convenience for the diminutive junior senator.
[Editor’s note: Plazas now looks like the biggest fool in Tennessee politics – but we guess we were expecting so much more from someone who was not born or raised in Tennessee, didn’t go to school in Tennessee, who never before worked in Tennessee, but lowered himself to move to Tennessee with his hubby in tow to “educate” the ignorant hillbillies.]
When Corker became the lone Republican senator to vote against the president’s tax reform bill, the liberal media nearly had an orgasm extolling Corker’s “statesmanship” and “courage, “and “blah, blah, blah.”
And then it all blew up overnight.
Corker the Statesman – who had vowed on the alter that he would “never vote for a tax bill if it raised the deficit one cent” — took less than a week to completely reverse himself, and vote FOR the tax reform bill.
So Wha’ Happened?
It took almost no time for reporters to inconveniently notice that someone had mysteriously and anonymously put in a teensy-weensy little provision that resulted in Corker and some of his closest friends becoming the personal beneficiaries of millions of dollars in tax breaks. OOPS!
Corker: Who are you going to believe – me or your lying eyes?
As word spread across The Swamp, Corker went into panicked damage control mode and tried to cover his sorry ass with an ever-expanding, ever-changing number of excuses as to why what looked to everyone but Bob to be a slimy, sleazy, corrupt bargain, wasn’t actually what it looked like. Some highlights from the 2017 Bob Corker C.Y.A. Tour:
- “I didn’t write that amendment to the bill. I wasn’t even on the committee.”
Nice try, Senator. Everyone on the current RTP crew has experience in Nashville and/or Washington and we know how it works. No, you probably didn’t write the language putting money in your pocket, because senators almost never actually “write” such language. They leave that to staff, or better yet, verbally and privately ask a buddy on the Finance Committee to drop it into the bill in exchange for doing him or her a solid on the back end with a favor for them on a later vote. It’s sleazy. It’s dishonest. It’s Corker.
- “It wasn’t a large sum. It would mean less than $175,000 a year to me.”
Hey, asshole. Check the average income in Tennessee. It’s a mite less than $175,000, you arrogant little twit
- “Sen. Corker came into the senate a wealthy man and he will leave the senate a wealthy man.”
Well whoopty-freakin’-doo, little man. Seriously? That is a honest to God quote from Corker’s spokesperson from just a couple of days ago. Talk about a complete lack of self-awareness.
Corker then ran to Sen. Orrin Hatch of the Finance Committee who dutifully wrote a carefully-worded “hall pass” of absolution, which Corker than ran out to four network talk shows saying “See, see? This proves I’m not the lying little weasel that appears to all the world that I actually am.” Does Corker’s own words and behavior look like the actions of an innocent man or the actions of a sniveling, self-serving piece of Weinstein? We report, you decide.
But such inside dealing was not the worst part of Corker’s Very, Very Bad, No Good, Lousy Week. After hosing his new-found friends among the left-wing news media by doing an about face (or was it “two-faced”) reversal and voting for the bill he had just voted against days before, it took no time at all for the left-leaning media to body slam Corker to the ground for his perfidy. This from last Friday (12/22/2017):
WOW! You have GOT to read the whole thing. It appears the left-leaning Rolling Stone has revealed Corker in flagrante delecto (that’s Latin for “caught with his pants down”) and they appear to be hot on the trail of other Corker Capers. Beware the woman — or liberal outlet — scorned. Corker better pray there are not other publications working on similar stories.
If all this sounds familiar, it should. Rocky Top Politics wrote about it first.
More on the Corker Kickback and the people who may face seriously ethics and legal problems for doing business with a corrupt politician. Perp-walk anyone?