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A historical note on a close friend of the Bush family

Posted by Charles II on December 7, 2008

Via DeLong and Tiny Revolution, a historical note by Colbert King of the WaPo on Nixon confidante, Bush buddy, and Republican Party stalwart Fred Malek:

On a Friday in August 1959, five men in their twenties were arrested about 2 a.m. and held in the county jail all day after sheriff’s deputies found a blood-spattered, unoccupied car about 1:15 a.m. at the entrance to Vicary’s Park on Kickapoo Creek Road near Peoria, Ill.

Joined by Sheriff Harry P. Backes, two deputies had found two men walking toward the park entrance; the two men told the deputies that they had struck a dog and were going to bury it….

After checking the blood-spattered pants of one of the men at the state crime laboratory in Springfield, it was determined that the stains were animal and not human blood. Backes said the men then changed their story and said they had “caught a dog and were barbecuing it.”

Police then found the skinned animal on a spit in the park. …

One of the men arrested in the incident, in which a dog was killed, skinned, gutted and barbecued on a spit, was Frederick V. Malek, 22, of Berwyn, Ill….

Similar questions may have been raised after a recent column [“Fred Malek, Then and Now,” Feb. 4] that recounted Malek’s abuse of the public trust and public servants during the Nixon years and his role in carrying out Richard Nixon’s disgusting hunt for Jews in the Bureau of Labor Statistics….

The SEC instituted administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings against Malek, his company, Thayer Capital Partners, and two Thayer affiliates, TS Equity Partners IV L.L.C, and TC Management Partners IV L.L.C. The SEC charged that in 1998 the Connecticut treasurer, Paul J. Silvester, used state pension investments in Malek’s company to reward a friend and political supporter, William DiBella, former majority leader of the Connecticut Senate.

The SEC charged that Malek, who was seeking state money for investment in one of Thayer’s funds, hired DiBella and paid him a percentage of the state pension fund’s total investment with Malek’s company, “even though DiBella had no prior involvement with the transaction and ultimately performed no meaningful work related to the investment.”

Silvester was jailed. Malek settled. His company coughed up $150K, and he coughed up $100K. Bush just appointed him to the board of visitors at the US Military Academy.

This is what passes for normal in the Republican Party

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