By Gary P Jackson
You ever wonder why, as cool as would be, serious candidates never promise to appoint someone in their administration, if elected?
Turns out it’s against the law. From Political Wire:
Newt Gingrich promised he would ask former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton “to be his secretary of state if he’s elected president next year,” the Washington Times reports.
Unfortunately, naming individuals you would appoint to office before the election is apparently illegal. Here’s Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, Section 599 of the U.S. Code:
“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 talks about a candidate using their influence. Well hell, influence peddling is what Newt does best! Gets paid very well doing it too.
Newt knows that Ambassador Bolton is considered a superstar by Conservatives, so he throws this out there to his fan boys to keep them excited.
The fact is, Ambassador Bolton is likely on the short list for Secretary of State, or Secretary of Defense, of every serious presidential candidate. Bolton is well respected and a serious man. He has consulted with several presidential candidates during this election cycle, and in a statement has pledged to continue.
In an email response to TPM’s request for comment on Gingrich’s stunt, Ambassador Bolton’s spokesman at the American Enterprise Institute said: “This is our statement that we have been putting out for months.”:
Mr. Bolton has not endorsed any candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He has spoken to a number of those running, and he would be happy to discuss national security issues with anyone in the race.
Ambassador Bolton is obviously more concerned about making sure the candidates understand world affairs well, than advancing his own political aspirations. He’s a true patriot.
It’s doubtful anyone will pursue any sort of legal action against Newt, because The Establishment™ always watches out for it’s own. Some exemption or loophole will be “found.”
This isn’t the isn’t an isolated case either. Newt has been constantly pandering to supporters of Sarah Palin’s, even going so far as to tell a Delaware audience he’d make Sarah his Energy Secretary, if elected.
Yeah, good luck with that big boy!
It’s doubtful she’d ever accept a VP slot again, and after being Alaska’s top Energy and Environmental regulator under a corrupt governor, who she had to fight, and eventually oust, along with all of his cohorts in crime, I seriously doubt she’d hook up with a corrupt, Washington insider, under any circumstances.
I can’t pretend to speak for Sarah Palin, but as a leader, not a follower, I just can’t see her playing second, or third fiddle to anyone in elected office. Especially not one that will absolutely have a lot of ethical issues from day one.
Newt is great at pandering. He knows what people want to hear, and he’s giving it to them by the bucket loads.
Just remember, Newt’s words never match his actual deeds. While he’s talking about appointing genuine, solid Conservatives, superstars in their own right, the folks he’s actually palled around with are Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, John Kerry, Al Sharpton, Arnie Duncan, and Barack Obama.
Oh, and when he had the chance to back a solid Conservative in New York, he backed a full on Margaret Sanger Award winning liberal, instead. A candidate who was to the left of the eventual democrat winner, who she, herself, endorsed. Thanks Newt.
I suspect that when it comes time to appoint Supreme Court justices, liberals like De De Scozzafava will be “conservative enough” for good old Newt.
Readers might also refer to Government Mandates: Newt Gingrich and the Art of the Con Explained to better understand what Newt is up to.