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October 13, 2006 06:50 PM UTC

O'Donnell's Girlfriend Adds New Wrinkle to Trouble

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  • by: Colorado Pols

We wrote yesterday about how dumb it was for Republican Rick O’Donnell to accept a free trip while head of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, at the same time he was running for congress, because the issue surely was going to rear up and bite him in the ass at some point. It has done that and more, and now the issue could grow with a report from The Denver Post that O’Donnell’s girlfriend, Carrie Besnette (the woman who went on the trip with him) was just appointed to the commission on higher education by Governor Owens. No matter how you slice it, this doesn’t look good for O’Donnell when he’s trying to run as someone who is going to “clean up congress.”

Speaking of the Post article, did you see that picture of Democrat Ed Perlmutter? He looks like one of those guys standing on a soapbox preaching on the 16th Street Mall.

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11 thoughts on “O’Donnell’s Girlfriend Adds New Wrinkle to Trouble

  1.   As if Lil Ricky didn’t have enough going against him from the start (i.e., substantive policy embarrassments like abolishing social security and the teenage border patrol), those warm embraces he received from Shrub and Denny Hastert (at least Mark Foley didn’t hug him), he’s had to deal with the snickering about his marital status for the past four years. 
      That’s right, Both Ways Bob first raised THAT issue in the ’02 GOP primary. 
      Now we learn that he has a girlfriend (perhaps genuine, or perhaps to keep up appearances), he takes her on this junket to Panama (the junket being ethically questionable in itself; the hotel sleeping arrangements being morally questioned by the religious fanatics in the GOP). 
      And now we learn that the girl friend is working at Rick’s old department in the state govt.
      I wonder when the next shoe is going to fall.

  2. You’d think a bright guy like O’Donnel would understand ethics and integrity mean a lot to the independent voters who decide elections.

    Fortunately, he’s shown his true colors, and those who care about integrity and ethics can vote against him.

    Problem is Perlmutter’s got his own problems, having sponsored legislation that financially benefited his relatives.

    Some people apparently have been on the take all their lives and see nothing wrong with it.

    Maybe he just was practicing going on junkets. Don’t all congressmen take junkets?

      1. I believe that was New Riders of the Purple Sage–one of Jerry’s spin-off bands.
        Too bad Rick didn’t stop in Honduras–then it could have been Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers Guns & Money.”

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