McCain Transition Team Head Tied To Saddam?

McCain Transition Team Head Tied To Saddam?


Who is the real William Timmons?

Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but this is yet another reason why you want to get as far away from lobbyists as you can. Because if Timmons really is involved with this and had knowledge of what was going on, that’s bad news for McCain.

Murray Waas has more:

William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein’s government.

During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.

Timmons’ activities occurred in the years following the first Gulf War, when Washington considered Iraq to be a rogue enemy state and a sponsor of terrorism. His dealings on behalf of the deceased Iraqi leader stand in stark contrast to the views his current employer held at the time.

Will Obama bring this up if McCain brings up Ayers? Seems appropriate enough.

  • leapsecond

    What’s remarkable is that bringing up this Timmons fellow is more valid than the Obama – Ayers relationship due to the fact Timmons is actually connected with McCain’s campaign, while Ayers is clearly not affiliated with Obama’s.

  • ExiledIndependent

    Yes, McCain is bound and determined to lose the election, by any means possible.

  • Jake

    The great thing about this story is it sounds very authentic; the bad news is that there doesn’t appear to be sufficient time to vet it properly before tomorrow night’s debate.

    And even if it finds true legs, is it something that Obama wants to use face-to-face? He’s certainly given Palin’s shenanigans a pass.


  • shawn

    If McCain is truly planning on bringing up Ayers as he’s implied, then Obama is going to stomp him. Obama almost certainly has had a few lines of response saved up for a face to face Ayers attack. The Timmons stuff is just McCain sticking a nail into the board that Obama is prepared to smack him with.

    I don’t think Obama will bring it up on his own. He’s perfectly happy to stick to issues since he knows he’s got a big lead there, and he’d like to maintain the lead in looking like the more rational grown-up.

  • ExiledIndependent


    About Obama giving the Palin stuff a pass; just a quick observation that Obama doesn’t need to directly stir the Palin pot when he has surrogates in the traditional media and blogosphere to beat that drum for him. The message gets out, and he keeps his hands clean. Consummate tactical politician, that Barack.