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Richardson Aide Quits – Felonies, Brothel

From a shocked Associated Press:

Richardson Aide Quits After Discoveries

Aide to Democratic Hopeful Bill Richardson Resigns in Nevada After Brothel Ties Revealed


LAS VEGAS One of Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson’s top organizers in rural Nevada resigned Thursday after the campaign learned he had worked for a brothel and was wanted on a felony arrest warrant in California.

“We did not know about all of this,” Richardson spokesman Josh McNeil said after the staffer’s record was brought to the campaign’s attention by The Associated Press. “We accepted his resignation today.”

Kristian Forland, the campaign’s eastern Nevada field director, is being sought by Los Angeles County authorities for failure to appear on four counts of writing bad checks. Forland also was arrested twice, once last year and again last month, in his home of Elko, Nev., on a similar bad check charge out of Las Vegas.

In both arrests, Forland posted bail and was released. It’s not clear from court records if the case was resolved.

Forland also was investigated by Elko police after women working at Mona’s Ranch, a legal brothel, complained he was shorting them on their pay. An investigator described Forland as “at best a manager of the property,” according to a June 2006 police report obtained by the AP.

No charges were filed…

Forland failed to appear in Los Angeles County Municipal Court on four counts of insufficient funds in January 1999, a felony…

Forland was hired this month as Democratic hopefuls competing in the state’s first early caucus began turning their attention to solidly Republican rural Nevada, where Democratic organizers are a rarity.

He was vice chairman of the Elko County Democratic Party before taking a leave of absence to accept the campaign job with the Richardson campaign.

Writing bad checks? Shorting his prostitutes? What’s the problem?

Mr. Forland sounds like the perfect Democrat.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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