Some politicians, when caught doing something inappropriate, can dance around the issue with the flair of Fred Astaire — they can charm, be witty, and eventually, all's forgiven. Others dance like my old college roommate, Pete, with all the timing of a broken watch and the flailing limbs of a man being chased by an angry hippopotamus.
Now, guess which category Robert Schroeder falls into? If you read the Record story on Saturday, you can see that he was born with two left feet and the ability to cram both of them in his mouth.
Late last week, Schroeder, a deputy minority whip in the Assembly, was charged with writing some $400,000 in bad checks to investors in his company. He admitted later to The Record that he "made a mistake, I apologize," which could have been the end of it — but no. While he made a mistake, really, it's Barack Obama's fault that he, according to prosecutors, wrote multiple bad checks to investors in his military supply company, All Points International Distributors.
Here's a great excerpt from the story:
"We're having tough business times like everybody else," said Assemblyman Robert Schroeder, who represents the 39th District. "Business has been in decline during the Obama administration."
Schroeder, 52, disputed a criminal complaint filed by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office on Friday that charges him with passing bad checks, a second-degree felony. It's the latest court trouble for Schroeder related to his business, (which) includes more than a dozen lawsuits from vendors and creditors stretching back to at least 1997.
I have to say, I didn't realize Obama was president back in 1997. I think we need to start imposing some serious term limits on the White House.
The same story also says Schroeder has donated more than $400,000 in the last 10 years to GOP organizations across the state. I'm guessing those checks didn't bounce. Maybe he should consider asking those groups for the money back. Then, he could at least watch some dance moves in action.
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