Harriet Miers, Michael Brown and the crony connection

It's Joe Allbaugh's world. We just live in it.


Tim Grieve
October 4, 2005 11:33PM (UTC)

If you're playing "six degrees of separation" with Harriet Miers and, say, ousted FEMA Director Michael Brown, you've just gone about five degrees too far.

Here's former Bush-Cheney fundraiser Joe Allbaugh in 2004, when George W. Bush named Allbaugh's friend Harriet Miers to succeed Alberto Gonzales as White House counsel: "She's the kind of person you want in your corner when all the chips are being played. She will give the president advice unvarnished, and that's exactly what he wants."

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And here's Joe Allbaugh in 2003, when Bush named Allbaugh's friend Michael Brown to succeed him as the director of FEMA: "In my opinion, the president couldn't have chosen a better man to help . . . prepare and protect the nation. Mike Brown is a great leader and a great man who I am proud to call my friend. He will be a tremendous asset to the homeland security team."


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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