Poor Lois Lerner. She used to be an award-winning public servant who got “amazing ratings and bonuses.” But since the IRS targeting scandal broke in 2013—when Lerner planted a question in order to preempt an inspector general’s report—she has been forced into early retirement. Her life—married to a rich attorney, living in a $2.5 million mansion, and earning a $100,000 annual pension—has become a living nightmare. In many ways, Lerner is the real victim of the IRS scandal.
That is essentially what readers are meant to take away from an exclusive THE POLITICO interview/puff piece published on Monday, in which a defiant Lerner denied any wrongdoing while refusing to address damning revelations “at the behest of her lawyers.” It is the first time she has spoken publicly in 16 months.
If Sean Eldridge didn’t exist, conservatives would have to invent him. He is a self-parody of everything self-respecting human beings find obnoxious about politicians. He is fabulously wealthy, thanks to his decision to marry Mark Zuckerberg’s college roommate, Chris Hughes. The couple owns a pair of $2,500 nautical binoculars, which they presumably use to gaze down on commoners from their trendy loft in SoHo. Eldridge (i.e., Hughes) is the largest donor to his own campaign.
Sean Eldridge is a carbetbagging feudal lord who has spent the last several years chain-buying mansions in New York’s Hudson River Valley in an effort to find a Congressional district that might elect him, and establishing a modern day fiefdom as a means to buy loyalty and votes with his husband’s money. He is more entitled and self-important than Sandra Fluke, who at least had the humility to initiate her political ambitions at the state level. He won’t even commit to stay in his current district (NY-19) if he loses.
Sean Eldridge, who became fabulously wealthy by marrying Mark Zuckerberg’s roommate, really wants to be a member of Congress. Eldridge’s husband, Chris Hughes, has purchased multiple mansions in multiple congressional districts in New York in an effort to make this happen. In his current district (NY-19), Eldridge has sought to establish a modern-day feudal system in order to secure the support of the local commoners.
But if Eldridge fails to win his race against incumbent Chris Gibson (R., N.Y.), a life-long resident of the district, he probably won’t stick around. He was asked at a recent campaign event in Hillsdale, N.Y., whether he planned to stay in the 18th district even if he lost, but failed to give a direct answer. Instead, Eldridge said he was “very much committed to the Hudson Valley,” a region that includes the town of Garrison in the neighboring 18th congressional district, where the wealthy couple owns another mansion, and where Hughes currently lists his address on campaign finance reports.
Here’s what President Obama had to say Wednesday about taking executive action, specifically on immigration.