In case you haven’t been following the race, Ed Martin, former chief of staff to the execrable Blunt Administration, is running against incumbent Russ Carnahan in Missouri’s Third Congressional District. Ed Martin was with the Tea Party set from the beginning and has generally associated himself with the worst of their looniness.

Yesterday, I noticed one of Martin’s tweets where he alleged Carnahan tries to avoid paying taxes on a boat by docking it in Illinois. Clicking back through the link to Martin’s website, Martin expands the charge to a long diatribe against authorities misusing their power for personal and political gain. Now, let’s set aside whether there is actually any issue with Carnahan. Martin is not the most reliable person in the world – he was still reciting the lie about “death panels” as recently as last Saturday – and at worst, Carnahan can’t be accused here of using any special privilege of his office.

It’s curious that Martin would get so worked up about officials abusing their power. I mean, this is the guy that cost the state of Missouri millions of dollars in legal fees over his own abuse of power that got him fired as chief of staff. This is a guy who actually used his official government job to seek out and obtain a free hunting permit.

   From: Martin, Ed

   To: John Hoskins

   Sent: 9/6/2007 8:43 PM

   Subject:

   John

   Does the chief of staff get a dove hunting permit as part of his position? I am hoping to go on Monday next.

   Ed Martin

   (573) 751-5261

Let’s be clear. It’s Ed Martin who not only thinks that having a position of of power means the law does not apply to him, that he gets special privileges not accorded to the rest of us in direct contravention of the law – he’s actually acted on these impulses throughout his career. Just remember, any time Martin points his finger, he’s got 4 fingers pointing back at himself.

   

Section 105.452

   Prohibited acts by elected and appointed public officials and employees.

   105.452. 1. No elected or appointed official or employee of the state or any political subdivision thereof shall:

   (1) Act or refrain from acting in any capacity in which he is lawfully empowered to act as such an official or employee by reason of any payment, offer to pay, promise to pay, or receipt of anything of actual pecuniary value paid or payable, or received or receivable, to himself or any third person, including any gift or campaign contribution, made or received in relationship to or as a condition of the performance of an official act, other than compensation to be paid by the state or political subdivision;