-By Warner Todd Huston
For some unknown reason, the state Democrat Party of Georgia’s Political Director, one Ali Rashad Richey, is a man with a long arrest record and no one seems the last bit worried about it in the Peach State — neither politicians nor the media. This man’s arrests are for such offenses as burglary, assault, battery, driving offenses, and violation of probation. In fact he’s been arrested at least 12 times in the last decade.
Are Georgia Democrats so used to convicted criminals in their midst that no one cares about this?
Who is Ali Rashad Richey? For one thing he is listed as a political director for the State Democrat Party on a Linkedin profile. He is also listed on the State Democrat Party disclosure report as having been paid $4,000 in 2010 for “political work.” There he is listed as living at 1834 Carla Drive, in Morrow, Georgia. Richey received at least two other checks for $4,000 each in January and February. His pay day amounts at the least to over $30,000 from the State Democrats thus far and it seems he’s still on the payroll.
This seems to be the same Ali Rashad Richey, hereafter known as Booking No. 0615617, that has a long arrest record.
These questions were first raised by Georgia blogger Andre Walker at his blog Georgia Politics Unfiltered. Soon thereafter, Michael Bates did some background research and then Deb of Nicedeb began doing some more blogging about Mr. 0615617’s recent past. They found that Mr. 0615617 even has a mugshot posted online for everyone to see!
Apparently this Richey, also living at the same Morrow, Georgia address as that listed on the Democrat Party disclosures, has been arrested at least 12 times for all sorts of offenses such as those noted above. His last arrest was as recent as 2010.
Interestingly, Mr. 0615617 is noted as having a “masters degree in theology,” and styles himself a minister of sorts having been “ordained” by the mail order outfit United Christian Ministries International.
So, what is the deal, Georgia Democrats? Are you going to disavow this violent criminal and fire him, or don’t you mind such folks being a paid staffer for you? And how about you, Democrat voters of the Peach State? Do you like the idea of the funds you donate to your party going to an out-and-out criminal with a violent past?
Mr. 0615617 with high rolling Obama political consultant and former Obama White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Jim Messina
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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