-By Warner Todd Huston
The New York Sun brings us the heartwarming Christmas tale of union corruption, extortion and embezzlement,once again. This time it is Anthony Rumore who is accused of trying to order union members to “contribute” money to his own defense fund to help him fund his legal efforts concerning pervious charges of wrongdoing.
Prosecutors accuse Anthony Rumore, 63, of ordering members of his union to perform personal services and collect contributions for a legal defense fund he established in response to earlier accusations of wrongdoing by a union review board.
There is no free will in a union, ya know? Someone shudda told them union members to just shut up and pay… oh, wait. Rumore DID do that.
According to the indictment, Mr. Rumore ordered union officers, business agents, and staff to work as his personal chauffeur and run personal errands, including picking up his daughters from high school and installing a roof, skylight, and deck at his second home in Lakeview, Pennsylvania.
Employees did not raise objections because they feared being fired, the indictment said.
This isn’t Rumore’s first spot o’ trouble, either.
In 2003, prosecutors say Mr. Rumore ordered his staff to collect $30,000 in contributions from union members for a legal defense fund he created in response to a disciplinary proceeding against him by a court-appointed board that monitors the union. The panel charged Mr. Rumore with embezzlement and improper behavior for his alleged role in similar activities that federal prosecutors described today.
Like the sequel to “Home Alone” said, “Merry Christmas you dirty rat.”
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as newsbusters.org, townhall.com, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of publiusforum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston
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