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Safavian gets time

We posted a short item on Friday and most papers had it in Saturday editions, former OFPP administrator and GSA chief of staff David Safavian was sentenced on Friday to 18 months jail time. Here is the USDOJ press release.

And Clay Johnson apparently sent a letter in support of Safavian. This from the WP:

Friedman said he had received 50 to 60 letters from people attesting to Safavian's good qualities, including one from his former boss Clay Johnson, the OMB's deputy director for management, from friends on Capitol Hill and from his pastor. A letter also came from his sister, who testified tearfully on his behalf yesterday. Her brother, she said, "didn't tell anyone" he was in trouble until his arrest. "He called me at work, sobbing and sobbing. He said, 'I'm so sorry for embarrassing you,' " Mehnaz Safavian said.

Apparently even Safavian was in tears.

These kinds of cases can get so messy with all kinds of allegations being spread. There has been something of a wisper campaign because Safavian's wife, Jennifer, works as an aide to Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and that sent conspiracy theorists buzzing -- including from supporters of Davis's opponent. Even the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blog tried to make hay of it.

Difficult times to be in the public eye.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Oct 29, 2006 at 12:15 PM


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