Will Edwards Be Promised the AG Position?
by Steve M, Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 07:15:12 AM EST
This weekend, famed outer of CIA agents Robert Novak dropped a juicy rumor:
Illinois Democrats close to Sen. Barack Obama are quietly passing the word that John Edwards would be named attorney general in an Obama administration.
Any truth to it? As an Edwards fan, I'd love it. But of all the people you'd want in the loop on this sort of thing, you'd think Robert Novak would be about the last choice. So I certainly didn't take his word for it.
It's clear that the trial lawyers' lobby would also love Edwards in that position. But in trying to hunt down the truth, I ran across an interesting tidbit:
Terry McAuliffe, Clinton's campaign chairman, spent two days at the trial lawyers' conference, delicately searching for donors among the -- mostly -- Edwards faithful. He said he was asked several times about the potential for Edwards to have a role within a potential Clinton administration, and the topic of attorney general did come up. But McAuliffe noted it would be a felony to promise someone a cabinet post in exchange for political support.
Oh, Terry McAuliffe, you goody two-shoes you. A felony? Whatever could you mean?
18 U.S.C. 599. Promise of appointment by candidate
Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
It's actually not clear whether this statute is even constitutional. But suffice it to say, if you're looking for either Clinton or Obama to explicitly confirm that they've struck some kind of deal with Edwards to make him the AG, this is the reason why you won't be hearing it. I found this interesting so I thought I would share.
As a bonus, for making it all the way through my diary, I have a Douchebag of Liberty video to share. Can Jon Stewart have a Cabinet post?