Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Frank Wolf Hearts Tom Davis

Rep. Frank Wolf surfaces from hiding once again, not to meet with his constituents or to comment on important matters like why the rail to Dulles project is on its deathbed, but instead to blabber on about how much we're all going to miss his good friend Tom Davis:
U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) said Fairfax County will miss Davis. The 11th district representative worked to get funding for metro and other transportation projects. He also spent a lot of time trying to fix the federal procurement process, said Wolf, who is the other Republican from Fairfax County in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Awwww, ain't that sweet? Yeah, it's sweet, except for Tom Davis' ties to the infamous Abramoff/DeLay "K Street Project." Oh, and the fact that "Davis...collected more money from lobbyists than 428 of the 435 members of Congress," then "worked closely with Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff at the Republican National Congressional Committee." Then, there's this sweet story about how Davis helped his wife a sweetheart of a deal -- $78,000 in one year "for working "10 to 20 hours a week,' primarily at home on her cellphone" -- by a government contractor (Donald W. Upson of ICG Government) with close access to Davis. This is classic:
Davis went on to Congress, where he became a leading voice on government contracting and an advocate for his technology industry constituents in Fairfax and Prince William counties. Upson became the top technology official for the Virginia government before reentering the private sector and starting ICG.

From the beginning, Upson worked with Davis and his staff as he built his consulting business, which holds seminars on procurement and advises clients on winning government technology contracts worth billions of dollars. Those contracts often came under the oversight of Davis's committee. One of Upson's first hires was Jeannemarie Devolites, a Virginia politician who later married the congressman.

Yes, that's how Frank Wolf's best friend forever Tom Davis did business, which makes it even more revealing that Wolf would credits Davis for "spen[ding] a lot of time trying to fix the federal procurement process." Yeah, "fix it" is right, but not in the sense of the word that Wolf intends.

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