Saturday, December 03, 2005

Logan County Corruption Probe Makes Front Page of Washington Post

Friday's WaPo featured a front page story about the Logan County political corruption probe and the FBI's use of former Logan mayor Tom Esposito as an operative in an elaborate undercover investigation of the endemic vote-buying in the southern coalfields.

Some media accounts of this story excessively hype Esposito's "sham candidacy," but in reality, it was no different than using undercover cops or government informants wearing a wire to buy drugs from a drug dealer or any number of other common sting operations. No one was entrapped. Esposito was a longtime local politician who was commonly known to be on the sleazy side of things.

Hat tip to Don Surber for bringing this story to my attention.