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Bridges Burned in U.S., Political King Maker Hits Africa
The Blotter ^ | 11/20/2007 | Dana Hughes

Posted on 11/20/2007 3:17:14 PM PST by JRochelle

Political consultant Dick Morris, who rose to prominence as a key adviser for President Bill Clinton and then fell from grace after a scandal involving a prostitute, has surfaced as a political consultant in an unlikely place -- Kenya.

Leading presidential candidate Raila Odinga has brought Morris on as a consultant to help him beat incumbent President Mwai Kibaki in next month's elections. Last week Morris arrived in Kenya on a tourist visa and held a press conference saying he believed Odinga was poised to win the election.

"I think the reason is he has a clear reputation for courage and for integrity and for change," Morris said. "I am delighted to be here in Kenya and to help you get rid of the corrupt government."

But news of Morris' own scandals soon spread throughout Kenyan media. Letters to the editor and op-ed articles have severely criticized Odinga's choice of consultant. One op-ed in Kenya's The Nation newspaper laid out Morris' past indiscretions, including his affair and leaking of sensitive information to a prostitute, and that the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has Morris as one of the top 10 tax evaders in the state. As of Oct. 1, 2007 he still owed almost $300,000 in back taxes.

"Either Mr. Odinga is unaware -- which is difficult to believe -- of the man's background or he chose to ignore it, which is a political mistake," the op-ed states.


Dr. Mutua says that if Morris comes back without the proper paperwork, Kenyan immigration officials will arrest him.

"If he comes back and breaks our laws with impunity, we are going to treat him like we do all illegal immigrants," he said. "We will lock him up, take him to court and deport him in handcuffs."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dick; trickydicky
"Anybody can work in Kenya, but they need to work under proper rules," Dr. Mutua told ABC News. "If he comes in on a tourist visa, he's supposed to be taking pictures of monkeys, not working for a political party, whether he's being paid or not."


1 posted on 11/20/2007 3:17:16 PM PST by JRochelle
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To: JRochelle

You can bet that Morris will NOT be able to get a work permit prior to the elections.

Kenyan work permits can be very slow getting issued.

2 posted on 11/20/2007 3:31:35 PM PST by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: JRochelle
Sounds like he was looking for toes to suck.
3 posted on 11/20/2007 4:23:37 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: BwanaNdege

This is not the first time Morris has done this. He worked for both Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón (PAN) in Mexico, too. Mexico has very strict laws against foreign operatives in their political system, and Fox’s campaign organization was fined a billion pesos for using outsiders.

4 posted on 11/20/2007 4:52:37 PM PST by rpgdfmx
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