Friday, September 28, 2007

One More Interesting
Blackwater Fact [UPDATED 2016 ]

Turns out Joseph Schmitz, COO & general counsel of the Prince Group, Blackwater's parent company, is married to one Lucila Garnica Gallo, Colomba Bush's sister (Jeb Bush's wife). Next on the list: What sort of family are the Garnica Gallos? Well, not the (literally) criminal lawyers George W. likes to help. Señor Garnica appears to have been a migrant worker.

From the first link (Hampton Roads PilotOnline):
Schmitz was the senior Pentagon official responsible for investigating waste, fraud and abuse. Now he faces a congressional inquiry into accusations that he quashed two criminal investigations of senior Bush administration officials. The inquiry is continuing, according to a spokeswoman for Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.


He was awarded the Defense Department Medal for Distinguished Public Service on his retirement from the Pentagon. [Editor's Note: Irony meter red-lines on this one.] Schmitz’s father, John G. Schmitz, was a two-term Republican congressman from California and a prominent member of the John Birch Society, an ultra-conservative group that flowered during the Cold War. He ran for president in 1972 as the candidate of the American Independent Party after its founder, George Wallace, was paralyzed by a would-be assassin.

John Schmitz’s political career ended with the revelation that he had a mistress who bore two of his children. He then moved to Washington, where he bought a house once owned by Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Now let's start comparing the Bush dynasty to the Clinton "dynasty." Jeezis.

P. S.: Please see the item immediately above, there are many more links to Blackwater items in the first paragraph.

UPDATED 19 August 2016: See our amplification & correction. Spoiler: Entirely different Schmitzes.


jurassicpork said...

Isn't "gallo" the Italian word for chicken?

M. Bouffant said...

The Editor Responds:
It is both the Italian & Spanish for cock, uhmm, we mean "rooster." Since, according to my source, Señor Gallo was a farm worker, it may have been in the family for yrs.

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