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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Another one bites the dust.

And this one was especially nasty: Dubya's former chief domestic policy advisor Claude Allen.

How nasty was Allen?, I hear you ask. Well, here's how journalist Doug Ireland described Claude Allen in a January interview on Democracy Now, shortly after Dubya appointed him to that domestic policy post:

Claude Allen is a black conservative who is a darling of the religious right.... [For] many years he was a top aide to Jesse Helms, the United States senator from North Carolina, who was a notorious race-baiter in his campaigns. And Claude Allen worked for Jesse Helms and didn't quit even when Jesse Helms opposed making Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday. But more important, Claude Allen has a long record of subordinating public health to the agenda of the religious right. When he was Virginia's Commissioner of Health and Human Services [he] under republican governor Jim Gilmore, a conservative governor for example -- Claude Allen opposed legislation that would provide health insurance to children because the legislation included giving state money to underage girls for abortions who had been victims of rape, incest, and other forms of sexual abuse. And when the legislation was passed despite Claude Allen's opposition to it, he pulled a deliberate slowdown in enrolling the children of Virginia into this program, and he admitted that the reason he had done so was because of the abortion issues. So Allen was perfectly prepared to sacrifice the health and well-being of underage girls who had been victims of sexual abuse to the agenda of the Christian right, which he carries out so faithfully....

Claude Allen has been the AIDS community's -- one of its number one enemies for some years, because he is an opponent of condom use. He is a proponent for years of the theory that condoms do not work to prevent AIDS. And he has worked very hard to replace science-based sex education with the failed policy of abstinence-only sex education as the only way to prevent AIDS.

Quite a piece of work, wouldn't you say?

As we intimated at the beginning of the post, Allen has resigned from Dubya's administration. In fact, he resigned on Feb 9th, over a month ago, allegedly to spend more time with his family. As is so often the case with Dubya's appointees, however, the real reason for Allen's resignation was something else entirely: It seems that the upstanding citizen Claude Allen is a shoplifter:

Allen has been under investigation since at least January for the alleged thefts on 25 occasions at Target and Hecht's stores, said [Montgomery County, MD] police spokesman Lt. Eric Burnett. Police reviewed his credit card records to track his purchase.

Police believe Allen would buy items, take them to his car, then return to the store with his receipt. He would select the same items, then take them to the store return desk and show the receipt from the first purchase. Using that method, he would receive credit for the second items on his credit cards, Burnett said.

It sure is interesting about how so many of Dubya's appointees can be so concerned about the moral standards of the rest of the country, but have such low standards for their own behavior.

TalkLeft and digby have much more on Allen.

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