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(Dana)Perino’s husband jailed for dog leash violation
Examiner.com ^ | 4 MAY 2007 | Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin,

Posted on 05/04/2007 6:06:10 AM PDT by radar101

White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino is married to a true scofflaw. Well, only in the eyes of the U.S. Park Police, who saw fit to throw him in jail for having his dog off a leash.

Back in November, Perino’s husband, British businessman Peter McMahon, was walking their dog Henry — leashless — in Lincoln Park just east of the Capitol.

According to the original complaint, obtained by Yeas & Nays, Officer Stephen Smith of the Park Police asked him to “gain control of” Henry, an 8-year-old Vizsla breed, and “put him on a leash.”

McMahon replied that he didn’t have a leash, so Smith issued him a violation notice, complete with a $25 fine. “Why don’t you go chase down some squirrels,” McMahon then suggested to the officer.

According to representatives of the Park Police and D.C. Superior Court, he had 15 days to pay such a fine or request a court date, or else a warrant could be issued for his arrest.

Other sources familiar with the case say McMahon tried for months to pay the fine. Trouble was, the ticket did not note an address where it should be sent. Nevertheless, McMahon found an address for the Park Police and mailed his payment there.

It was too late. Early last month, McMahon returned from business overseas to discover that Smith had requested a warrant for his arrest, which a judge issued.

So on April 12, off McMahon went to the Park Police headquarters to pay the fine in person, when he was thrown in jail for the whole day.

Welcome to our nation’s capital, Mr. McMahon!

Perino and her husband declined to comment for the record.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: doublestandard

1 posted on 05/04/2007 6:06:15 AM PDT by radar101
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To: radar101

Meanwhile

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1828297/posts


2 posted on 05/04/2007 6:06:36 AM PDT by radar101 (Dream Team--Hunter&Thompson)
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To: radar101

Well this will take the heat off hapless Alberto.


3 posted on 05/04/2007 6:08:19 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: radar101
“Why don’t you go chase down some squirrels,” McMahon then suggested to the officer.

LOL! Washington, D.C. Astronomical homicide rate, half the fire hydrants don't work, rats on the mall, and the schools are a disgrace. But by God, keep your dog on a leash!

4 posted on 05/04/2007 6:15:48 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: radar101

That’s what happens when you are married to a Republican or are a Republican living in DC.


5 posted on 05/04/2007 6:15:49 AM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: radar101

Henry?


6 posted on 05/04/2007 6:16:34 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: radar101
This is a far worse offense the carrying a loaded handgun into the capital building. /s
7 posted on 05/04/2007 6:17:56 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Rummyfan

Dude, going after people with unleashed dogs is about the SAFEST LE actvity.

Why do you think the real crime rate is so high? The cops are avoiding the real criminals and writing tickets for revenue.


8 posted on 05/04/2007 6:19:28 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Attila the Hun... wasn't he a liberal?)
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To: radar101

“Other sources familiar with the case say McMahon tried for months to pay the fine. Trouble was, the ticket did not note an address where it should be sent. Nevertheless, McMahon found an address for the Park Police and mailed his payment there.

It was too late. Early last month, McMahon returned from business overseas to discover that Smith had requested a warrant for his arrest, which a judge issued. “

I like his wife as Press Secretary. That said, if you are going to be a smart alec with a cop giving you a ticket, you better pay the fine on time.

Or this tends to happen.....(chuckle)


9 posted on 05/04/2007 6:21:44 AM PDT by Badeye (Hiding the kooks in the biker bar won't help, Sally)
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To: mmichaels1970

Or assaulting capitol police...by congress woman.


10 posted on 05/04/2007 6:23:26 AM PDT by TheBattman (I've got TWO QUESTIONS for you....)
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To: Dustbunny

That’s what happens when you are married to a Republican or are a Republican living in DC.
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It takes extra tinfoil to think that a park policemen in DC would know that this guy is the husband of someone connected to the administration, especially given that Ms. Perino chose not to take her husband’s last name.


11 posted on 05/04/2007 6:27:01 AM PDT by dmz
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To: radar101

Hmmmmm, they give Patrick Kennedy, drunk out of his mind, a ride home; they botch the murder, I mean suicide, investigation of Vince Foster. But they are damn good at enforcing the leash law.


12 posted on 05/04/2007 6:30:10 AM PDT by magoo70804
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To: dmz

Maybe he was wearing a Bush-Cheney T-shirt.


13 posted on 05/04/2007 6:36:13 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Dustbunny
That’s what happens when you are married to a Republican or are a Republican living in DC.

Thats right... you're an outsider.

14 posted on 05/04/2007 6:38:32 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: radar101

The article doesn’t address the issue of whether the dog was under control without a leash. Just curious.


15 posted on 05/04/2007 6:40:49 AM PDT by tioga
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To: radar101

I’m surprised they’re enforcing the law in D.C.

Our ‘superiors’ in DC think laws are only for the little people.

This guy obviously felt he is in the ‘superior’ category and the rules didn’t apply to him.


16 posted on 05/04/2007 6:42:59 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Rummyfan; kanawa

>LOL! Washington, D.C. Astronomical homicide rate, half the fire hydrants don’t work, rats on the mall, and the schools are a disgrace. But by God, keep your dog on a leash!<

Yes, keep your dog on a leash. Because if you, a rich, politically connected Yuppie, can let your spoiled doggie run loose, then it’s perfectly ok for some thug to let HIS dog run free.

And the thug’s sweet l’il puppykins won’t be a Vizsla.


17 posted on 05/04/2007 6:43:53 AM PDT by Darnright
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To: radar101

The cop really didn’t sound like he was being unreasonable.


18 posted on 05/04/2007 6:44:04 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: dmz

“extra tinfoil”
http://tinyurl.com/djaok


19 posted on 05/04/2007 6:45:49 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Tribune7
The cop really didn’t sound like he was being unreasonable.

Not only that, but I don't believe that the rules require a guy to be "not guilty" just because his wife is a serious babe:


20 posted on 05/04/2007 6:49:39 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: radar101
McMahon replied that he didn’t have a leash, so Smith issued him a violation notice, complete with a $25 fine. “Why don’t you go chase down some squirrels,” McMahon then suggested to the officer.

This is hilarious and probably what really got him the jail time.

21 posted on 05/04/2007 6:51:22 AM PDT by calex59
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To: dmz

It doesn’t take tinfoil for anyone to google someone and find out anything - like being the husband of the REPUBLICAN President’s press secretary.


22 posted on 05/04/2007 6:53:01 AM PDT by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: radar101

She’s still a babe.


23 posted on 05/04/2007 6:53:34 AM PDT by Hatteras (I'm a sweetheart, genius, a reckless jerk. Lord have mercy, I'm a piece of work...)
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To: r9etb
Good point! But you still need to show the babe!


24 posted on 05/04/2007 6:56:49 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: calex59
McMahon tried for months to pay the fine.

Why do I doubt this? Party affiliations aside, it sounds more like the typical aloof DC approach was taken - fines are for the little people, what are they going to do, arrest me?

25 posted on 05/04/2007 7:04:41 AM PDT by kaboom
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To: radar101

Let me get this straight, a congress”woman” hits a cop and this guy is in jail for a leash violation?


26 posted on 05/04/2007 7:40:59 AM PDT by enough_idiocy (Republicans Need to Fight Back Against the Dems)
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To: mathluv

It doesn’t take tinfoil for anyone to google someone and find out anything - like being the husband of the REPUBLICAN President’s press secretary.
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I don’t think the park policeman carry wireless internet enabled laptops when they are patrolling the park.

and given that his last name is different from hers (and remember, we’re talking park police here), so what would the trigger be to google the guy anyway - which I just did btw, and on the first 4 pages of results, there is absolutely nothing connecting dana perino to a Peter McMahon.

My tinfoil hat comment remains.


27 posted on 05/04/2007 7:46:25 AM PDT by dmz
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To: tioga

That does NOT matter in “leash” land.....believe me.....they do NOT care if your dog is better behaved than the 8 year old kid destroying public property.....


28 posted on 05/04/2007 8:00:00 AM PDT by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: dmz

I used google as an example. I am sure the police have their own version. I made my comment, not based on the guy on patrol, but on what COULD happen back in the office.


29 posted on 05/04/2007 8:01:54 AM PDT by mathluv (Never Forget!)
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To: radar101

Sometimes, she (Dana) walks Henry, their Hungarian hunting dog. When Perino says to the dog, “Tell us what you think of John Kerry,” the dog runs off and fetches flip-flops.

“It only took half a dozen times of Dana showing him for him to learn that,” McMahon marvels.

http://tinyurl.com/3dfeb4


30 posted on 05/04/2007 8:02:10 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: dmz

That may very well be but since he had so many problems attempting to pay the fine it seems that those in charge just may have discovered who he was married to.


31 posted on 05/04/2007 8:04:50 AM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: Tribune7

Perino graduate from then University of Southern Colorado in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a minor in both political science and Spanish. While attending the University, Perino was active on the forensics team and with KTSC. From there, Dana received her master's degree at the University of Illinois-Springfield, where she also worked as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol for SCIA-TV, a CBS affiliate. She then went on to work in Washington, D.C. for Rep. Scott McInnis of Colorado as a staff assistant before serving nearly four years as the press secretary for retired Colroado Congressman Dan Schaefer. She received the 2003 Outstanding Alumna Award from the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association

32 posted on 05/04/2007 8:53:51 AM PDT by radar101 (Dream Team--Hunter&Thompson)
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To: goodnesswins

I just wondered if there was a reason they kept after him till he was in jail. Just curious, considering all that gets overlooked in Washington these days.


33 posted on 05/04/2007 9:12:01 AM PDT by tioga
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To: radar101

The Park Police should be feeding the ducks and getting cats out of trees rather than engaging in LE activity. That’s why their jurisdiction is a time-honored favorite for disposing of bodies since the early 60’s.


34 posted on 05/04/2007 9:56:47 AM PDT by paddles
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To: radar101

Shoulda walked his dog drunk at 3AM in Patrick Kennedy’s car.


35 posted on 05/04/2007 10:37:49 AM PDT by kennyo
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To: radar101

I think he might have gotten out of the jail time if not for the ‘squirrel’ remark.


36 posted on 05/04/2007 10:41:55 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: radar101
Some guy goes to the park and breaks the rules. Park policeman, whose job it is to enforce the park rules, asks the guy to obey the rules. Guy mouths off, continues to violate rules, and gets a citation. Guy fails to pay citation and a warrant is issued. Guy later goes to cop shop and resolves the citation and warrant after some inconvenience. Some FReepers complain about the cops and/or see larger issues at play other than a guy who didn't want to obey the law.

Ho hum.

37 posted on 05/04/2007 10:42:54 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Dustbunny
From article:

"Trouble was, the ticket did not note an address where it should be sent."

Guess your next theory will be that the "Democrat-controlled Park Police" issued him the top secret "Connected Republican Ticket" that omitts the mailing address?
38 posted on 05/04/2007 10:46:39 AM PDT by NorthFlaRebel
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To: Dustbunny
That may very well be but since he had so many problems attempting to pay the fine...

Do you really believe that? I don't. Do you really think this guy "tried for months to pay the ticket"? I don't. I think I could have figured out how to pay the ticket within an hour using the internet and a telephone. I think you've let yourself be suckered here.

...it seems that those in charge just may have discovered who he was married to.

Are you suggesting that well-connected people should be above the law? That's what it sounds like you're suggesting.

39 posted on 05/04/2007 10:48:16 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Dustbunny

That may very well be but since he had so many problems attempting to pay the fine it seems that those in charge just may have discovered who he was married to.
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I’m sorry, but it strains credibility to the absolute max to suggest that the husband of the president’s press secretary cannot figure out how to pay the ticket, when 10s of thousands of other people do NOT go to jail after successfully paying said citation. Sorry, the dog ate my homework defense (and its related excuses) carry zero weight with me.


40 posted on 05/04/2007 11:23:27 AM PDT by dmz
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Congressional hearings start next month!


41 posted on 05/04/2007 11:28:01 AM PDT by csivils
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To: dmz

Geeze, excuse me, I’ll make sure I don’t have any more comments that you don’t agree with. /sarc


42 posted on 05/04/2007 3:06:14 PM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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