Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ted Cruz: The New Roy Cohn?

Cruz fails to tell Facebook readers that Dewhurst was in Iowa.

The posting above by Raffy Cruz on Facebook this afternoon followed a meeting today of a Republican Women's group way down in Williamson County.  The posting, just like Raffy Cruz's omission of the truth about his father fighting Castro (his Pappa allegedly fought alongside Castro), fails to tell Facebook readers that the reason Lt. Governor Dewhurst was not at this luncheon was because he was in IOWA - campaigning for Governor Perry.

Just like any sneaky snakey lawyer, Cruz omits facts and details that he knows about himself (there was an email sent out by some club officer last week explaining why Dewhurst would not be attending, so this was no secret) in order to score points through deception, or by only telling part of a story.

Lawyers in general are like this, but Harvard Lawyers are the worst.  Case in point:

Just like Ted Cruz: A Harvard Lawyer.

Which leads us to the late Roy Cohn.

Cohn was a New York lawyer who worked for the infamous Senator Joesph McCarthy at one time. Here's what Wikepedia has posted about Roy Cohn:

"Federal investigations during the 1970s and 1980s charged Cohn three times with professional misconduct, including perjury and witness tampering.[1] He was accused in New York of financial improprieties related to city contracts and private investments. He was never convicted of any charge. In 1986, a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court disbarred Cohn for unethical and unprofessional conduct, including misappropriation of clients' funds, lying on a bar application, and pressuring a client to amend his will. In this case in 1975, Cohn entered the hospital room of a dying and comatose Lewis Rosenstiel, the multi-millionaire founder of Schenley Industries, forced a pen to his hand and lifted it to the will in an attempt to make himself and Cathy Frank—Rosenstiel's granddaughter—beneficiaries. The resulting marks were determined in court to be indecipherable and in no way a valid signature.[15] He lost his law license during the last month of his life. At that time, National Review senior editor Jeffrey Hart referred to him as 'an ice-cold sleaze.'"

There are dozens of other examples of omissions, half-truths and other lawyerly examples of rotten and wretched lawyerly behavior by Roy Cohn.

Cohn wasn't born this way, he proably started out omitting facts and failing to explain little details that can change a story entirely - just like Rafael "Ted" Cruz is doing right now.

From Cruz to Cohn? Roy Cohn wrote the book on being a scumbag lawyer.  And Ted Cruz?  Well.  It's a slippery slope, a slippery slope to being the next Roy Cohn.