Boy, do I ever hope that Josh Marshall’s reader PHB made a good guess. It probably won’t be too hard for the HUD IG to find the contractor in question.
And can’t we just arrange to have a permanent Democratic primary campaign in Connecticut? Having a well-financed opponent seems to have reminded Joe Lieberman that he’s supposed to be a Democrat.
By the way: contractors getting dinged for political incorrectitude is nothing new, though I’ve never heard of anyone bragging about it in public before. Under Bush the First, my little consulting firm lost what was for us a huge contract with the Bureau of Justice Statistics after I helped Joe Biden show up the bogosity of Bill Bennett’s claim that the household survey results showed we’d just won the War on Drugs.
After I’d appeared at a press conference with Biden, Ed Meese called the Director of BJS and told him that my appearance was “a personal affront to the President.” (I heard that the next moring from my BJS contact.)
Two days later the Director, Joseph M. Bessette, called me and told me that the contract was cancelled because my obvious partisanship made it impossible for him to have confidence in the objectivity of my firm’s research product. (That’s not verbatim, but I’m pretty sure it’s a close paraphrase). He managed to say it without laughing out loud, which I thought was a pretty impressive feat.
Biden, of course, never lifted a finger on my firm’s behalf, since there wasn’t anything more he particularly wanted from me.
Bessette is now back at Claremont McKenna as — no, I’m not making this up — Professor of Government and Ethics.