There’s a fascinating story from the Tennessee Star last week about how Bob “I-used-to-be-somebody” Corker threw a hissy fit on a plane from DC to Tennessee.
Seems the Bobster noticed a Nashville businessman who used to give Corker campaign donations but, according to the story, stopped when he began to suspect that the diminutive former senator was a major sleaze who used his position to enrich himself with all sorts of insider deals. RTP had a whole series of stories about that very thing (to see them just go to the archives and type in “Corker” or “pipsqueak” and they should pop up).
The Star story went on at some length to describe the scene between Corker and financial advisor Tim Pagliara, replete with Corker on his knees in his seat, peering over the back of the seat to get at Pagliara, who found himself surrounded, since Corker’s former chief-of-staff Todd Womack was in the seat behind him.
What in hell would possess Corker to antagonistically confront a constituent in a cramped public space with numerous people within earshot hearing his every word. Our guess is that the mere presence of Pagliara was enough to remind Corker his reputation would need some repair work if he were to run for another office. Maybe an office currently held by someone whose name rhymes with “rump”?
But we digress. The Star covered the contretemps well enough, but it was one line in the long story that caught our eye. It was where Womack, while trying to defend Corker and himself over a deal where millions in profits were realized. “We didn’t make that much money off the deal,” Womack said.
Uh, what do you mean “We”, Kemosabe?
Was Todd in business with Corker while the two of them were employed by the Senate? And does Womack’s annual Senate financial disclosure statements (required of chiefs of staff) reflect what he made on the deal? Inquiring minds want to know.
Womack also offered to provide Pagliara a copy of a release form showing what happened to a $22 million contingency debt Corker had on the sale of his business. A debt that seems to have magically “disappeared” when Wells Fargo stepped in to take over the loan from GE Capital.
Yet another question for Womack (and Corker). Have you or can you produce the release? It’s an important damn question. Maybe when the Tennessean is done laying off employees, they might find time to look into this (Ha, ha. Just kidding. They are nowhere close to stopping the layoffs.).
When Corker went into the Senate, he was reportedly worth a few (as in low six figures) million dollars. By the time he left 12 years later his estimated worth was between $65 – $90 million! So how does one make that much money when your only job is being a U.S. Senator?
Corker may want to check his bank account. National political races and reputational management consultants cost a lot of money.