Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Can Mr. Smith get to Washington anymore? Nope. But he can get to jail.

In 2004, Jeff Smith ran in the Democratic primary against Russ Carnahan (and others) for the congressional seat vacated by the retirement of Dick Gephardt. His effort was became the subject of a documentary titled "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?". The movie, apparently, is a behind-the-scenes look at how this novice, upstart, idealist nearly defeated a member of a Missouri political dynasty. I suspect that the filmmakers weren't given access to all the action going on behind the scenes like when Smith "authorized 'a close friend' to raise money for a committee that paid for fliers with an anonymous attack against Carnahan." (Link to Post-Dispatch story here.)

Today, that same Jeff Smith, the underdog idealist (who parlayed his failed run for Congress into a State Senate seat) plead guilty to two felony conspiracy charges of obstruction of justice relating to investigations into those anonymous fliers. He's now facing 15 to 21 months in federal prison.

Does anybody know if there is a federal prison in Washington?

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