McAuliffe, Cara­madre equally at fault

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

As your re­cent ed­i­to­rial dis­cusses, es­tate plan­ner Joseph Cara­madre and Vir­ginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe tricked the ter­mi­nally ill into sign­ing joint bro­ker­age ac­counts Mr. Cara­madre and Mr. McAuliffe co-owned, a move that gave the two men full ac­cess to the bonds (“Did McAuliffe make mil­lions cheat­ing the dy­ing?” Nov. 4). By the time all the dis­eased they duped had died, the schemers had ob­tained more than $10 mil­lion. How­ever, Mr. Cara­madre, the “com­mon man,” pleaded guilty, while Mr. McAuliffe, the politi­cian, was not ac­cused of break­ing the law at all. Why does Mr. McAuliffe get another chance? Did he not com­mit the ex­act same act?

Mr. McAuliffe spent mil­lions try­ing to por­tray him­self as an eth­i­cal and suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man. In fact, noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. Why would Vir­ginia vot­ers elect a man who as­so­ci­ated with and was an ac­com­plice to a scam artist? Why would they elect a man who stole money from the dy­ing? This man is go­ing to be deal­ing with tax­pay­ers’ money.

Mr. McAuliffe claims he didn’t know ex­actly what was go­ing on with Mr. Cara­madre. But how can a man of such po­lit­i­cal stature be so obliv­i­ous to some­thing so sig­nif­i­cantly and morally wrong, es­pe­cially when deal­ing with money? Any­one would be cu­ri­ous as to where all this money was com­ing from. Didn’t Mr. McAuliffe ever think to ask about this, or at the very least be some­what con­cerned about it? LAUREN MALLEK Katy, Texas

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