Chances are you don’t have even a passing acquaintance with former Alabama governor, Democrat Don Siegelman. But you might recall political gadfly and onetime Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods. Back in 2008, we wrote about his devotion to the governor who was convicted of bribery in federal court and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Showboater Woods even came to Siegelman’s defense on a skewed CBS 60 Minutes program.
“I personally believe that what happened here is that they targeted Don Siegelman because they could not beat him fair and square. This was a Republican state and he was the one Democrat they could never get rid of,” Woods — an iffy Republican who has repeatedly threatened to reregister as a Democrat — said at the time.
Yesterday Don Siegelman was re-sentenced to serve more than six years in prison for his role in bribery, conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of justice charges in a state health care scheme. He also remains convicted of obstruction of justice from a federal probe of an alleged pay-to-play scheme with an Alabama businessman. The Wall Street Journal has more here under Corruption Currents.
Grant Woods, who began his dubious career as John McCain’s first Congressional Chief of Staff and all around toady, is well known for his liberal tendencies. As a dedicated McCain sycophant, Woods actually endorsed J. D. Hayworth’s liberal Democrat opponent Harry Mitchell and later endorsed radical leftist Democrat Felecia Rotellini when she ran for Arizona Attorney General. He was also the instigator of frivolous and dubious legal complaints to the FEC that resulted in the disappearance of Hayworth from the local airwaves.
Invariably on the wrong side of issues, Woods prosecuted U.S. Border patrol agent Nicholas Corbett, charging him with second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide in the fatal shooting of an illegal alien during a border altercation. Corbett, who said he acted in self-defense, was tried twice, with both cases resulting in a hung jury as Woods did not prove the case.
The fringe politico shows up from time to time. Acquaint yourself with him and judge the company he keeps accordingly. Like the proverbial bad penny, he’s sure to be back.