A California congressman has asked White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to answer to allegations that he attempted to bully our very own Governor Jan Brewer.
In a scathing letter today, Congressman Darrell Issa accused Emanuel of "resorting to the playbook of the Chicago political machine" when he directed Cabinet members to send letters to Brewer, threatening to pull federal stimulus funds if she didn't take a position on whether or not he stumulus was working.
"The fact that the letters were coordinated by you to maximize the level of intimidation is supported by the timing, structure, and content of each letter," Issa wrote to Emanuel. "Not only were the four letters all sent the day following Senator Kyl's remarks, but they were also remarkably similar in tone and sentence structure."
Members of the Obama Mafia mentioned Kyl by name in their letters, which some believe were gestures to Brewer to get the senator to pipe down.
"[Kyl] publicly questioned whether the stimulus is working and stated that he wants to cancel projects that aren't presently under way," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says in his letter. "If you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know."
It's nice to see someone sticking up for our, um, vulnerable chief executive, but why wasn't it an Arizona congressman?
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