Friday, September 20, 2013

Tennessee: Pardon Scandal Averted has an interesting article on one Keel Hunt, who is author of a book entitled, Coup: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early and Stopped a Pardon Scandal.

Hunt is described as a "former Tennessean reporter" and "speechwriter and coordinator" for Lamar Alexander. As the story is told, Alexander's predecessor, Ray Blanton "had been offering prison pardons for cash bribes during his final days in office." So, a "preemptive inauguration" was coordinated. Alexander "was quickly administered the oath of office in the Tennessee Supreme Court Building" to "prevent Blanton from issuing additional pardons." See story here.

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