Court pick in middle of Bush National Guard scandal?
Oct. 5, 2005: A year after overcoming charges he had been able to avoid combat in Vietnam because his father used political connections to get him into the Texas Air National Guard, President George Bush was in danger of stirring up the issue again with his nomination of Harriett Miers as associate Supreme Court justice.
It’s a complicated story of Texas politics … an ex-lieutenant governor who secures a lucrative contract for a client to run the Texas Lottery … allegations of political kickbacks, payoffs and overcharges … a contract bought out for $23 million … a director of the Lottery Commission fired after launching an investigation of apparent corruption and calling for open bidding on contracts … a $300,000 payoff that included a stipulation that all records and depositions be destroyed … and that ex-lieutenant governor telling CBS’ Dan Rather that George H.W. Bush approached him to secure a National Guard appointment for his son.
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In the middle of it all was Harriet Miers, chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission and close confidant of George W. Bush.
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