Convicted lobbyist working for Santorum campaign

Guestions have been raised by traditional and new media outlets about former Republican U.S. Senator and current Presidential candidate Rick Santorum's sense of ethics, especially with regard to his relationship with convicted lobbyist Jim Hirni.

In light of Hirni's recent conviction, Santorum's decision to bring Hirni on board with his Presidential campaign seems rather puzzling.

 
We received an email forwarded from the Santorum campaign penned by Hirni, who has an email address with the Santorum campaign, asking for help in publicizing a Santorum campaign event to be held next week in Rock Hill:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jim Hirni Jim@ricksantorum.com
Date: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM
Subject: Rick Santorum
To:
Mr. Chairman -- Thanks for your help! Rick is coming to Rock Hill on July 13th @ 6:15/6:30pm – 9:00pm. Appreciate any help you can provide. All the best! Jim

Hirni, who pled guilty in 2008 to has been called "The GOP's Donnie Brasco" by one news media out outlet which reported that:
Hirni stayed out of jail by promising to cooperate with the federal government, according to court documents. In his December 2008 plea agreement, Hirni agreed to work, if requested, “in an undercover role to contact and negotiate with others suspected and believed to be involved in criminal misconduct.” Every three months, Hirni and the government confirm his continuing cooperation and postpone his sentencing for a further 90 days.

Donnie Brasco, made famous in a movie starring Johnny Depp, was a long-term federal undercover informant who spent years working and partying in the underworld. While he racked up 200 indictments, only half resulted in convictions. Like Brasco, Hirni has worked his way into his environment as a regular face at GOP events, especially in and around Charleston, while attempting to deny these activities to the news media.


The close relationship between Santorum and Hirni in this early GOP primary state should bring into question the ethics and common sense of Santorum and his advisors and challenge Republicans to show if  their party has truly learned from the scandals which helped cost the party control of Congress in the 2006 elections.

2 Response to "Convicted lobbyist working for Santorum campaign"

  1. west_rhino 11/7/11 08:48
    Riddle me this. As with convicted lobbyist/campaign guru, the late Rod Shealey, has Mr. Hirni not met the penalty for his misdeeds?
  2. earlcapps 11/7/11 09:19
    Rod was convicted in the early 1990s for something he'd done in the late 1980s.

    In the case of Mr. Hirni, it was less than three years ago that he was convicted and he has yet to be sentenced. Who knows who he's going to narc on or set up to get a reduced sentence?

    Having grown up in a cop household, I learned that people will do anything to anyone in order to keep out of jail.

    If this was a Dem, I'd be willing to bet that we'd hang this over them and you'd be one of them.

    If a teller embezzles from a bank, it's not likely they'd be allowed to work in another and most people would understand. Hirni was placed in a position of power, abused it and not long after being convicted, he's right back in the game. Something about that just doesn't seem right.

    Santorum and Hirni can't help themselves. They get thrown out and will do and say anything to get back in. Bird of a feather ...

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