Pat Buchanan was once quoted as saying that the two major political parties represent "two wings of the same bird of prey." When it comes to Arizona, it seems, he was certainly right.
Credible sources tell Sipsey Street Irregulars that Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Morrissey of the Phoenix office is being interviewed by Jan Brewer's office for an Arizona superior court judgeship.
"This guy was Emory Hurley's boss through most, if not all of F & F. None of these clowns have any sense of accountability. Burke resigned, but he wasn't calling the shots on a day to day basis. He was an absentee landlord at best. . . Arizona is a strange, strange place . . ."
For those of you who don't recall exactly where Morrissey fits into the grand scheme of Phoenix gunwalking, let's take a trip down memory lane.
Do you, gentle readers, recall this letter on 1 September from Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa to Acting U.S. Attorney Anne Scheel in Phoenix? It demands, among other things, any communications to or from Mr. Morrissey. Mr. Morrissey, it can then be said, is a current target of a Congressional investigation into the Gunwalker Conspiracy.
Do you also recall this from David Codrea? -- "Federal LEO advocacy group charges retaliation for Gunwalker testimony."
Senator Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa were sent a letter last Wednesday by Luciano Cerasi, Associate General Counsel, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, detailing allegations of whistleblower retaliations against Peter J. Forcelli, Group Supervisor, ATF, by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona and the Department of Justice Office of Deputy Attorney General as a result of testimony he gave on June 15. Forcelli was one of the individuals who appeared before the second House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing into “Project Gunwalker,” where he testified “I believe that these firearms will continue to turn up at crime scenes, on both sides of the border, for years to come.”
The letter goes on to provide details of what has been dubbed the "Grenadewalking Incident," and Mr. Morrissey's role in that fiasco.
In short, the Governor of Arizona has expressed interest in appointing to the Arizona Superior Court an individual whose role in the felonious Gunwalker Conspiracy is at best unknown and at worst a conspirator and cover-up artist himself. Governor Brewer cannot be totally ignorant of this, even if her vetting process is being run by a college sophomore with basic access to the Internet.
What the citizens of Arizona think about this surprising turn of events remains to be seen, for as one of my sources said, "Arizona is a strange, strange place . . ."