Monday, January 30, 2006

INDICTMENT IN TRAVELGATE -- Sykes Writes


TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2006, 6:36 p.m.
INDICTMENT IN TRAVELGATE

No wonder Doyle left the country.

As Rick notes:

This can't be good news. There is no way that an indictment combining the terms "fraud," "procurement" and "political considerations" in connection with his administration is not a real kick in the solar plexus.

From JS Online:

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2006, 5:39 p.m.
State official charged in travel case Note: So far they aren't using "Doyle Administration" or "Doyle aide")

A state Department of Administration official has been indicted in connection with a contract awarded to Adelman Travel.

Georgia Thompson, 55, of Waunakee, has been charged with two federal felonies: causing misapplication of funds and participating in a scheme to defraud the state of Wisconsin of the right to honest services. Thompson was on a team of evaluators that reviewed bids for a contract to be the state’s “travel partner.”

The indictment alleges that Thompson:
- Intentionally inflated the scores of Adelman Travel, which was in competition with other agencies to be named the state’s “travel partner”
- Suggested that committee members change scores when evaluating the agencies.
- Prevented the contract from being awarded to another agency despite the other committee members’ unanimous decision.

Adelman ultimately was awarded the contract, which had been the subject of political debate and investigation.

If convicted, Thompson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

-By Gina Barton

Here is the full text of the indictment...

Obvious questions:

Will Georgia Thompson flip?

How far up does this go? Who told Thompson to lean toward Adelman?

What did Doyle or his top aides know and when did he know it?

Did she know of the Adelman contributions to Doyle and, if so, who told her?

How will this affect the 2006 governor's election?

Is it too late for the Dems to bail on Diamond Jim? (And how will Xoff spin this?)

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