So Joe Camacho, the beefcake pictured above, is running for Congress. He's the Covenant Party candidate. A few weeks ago he threw himself a birthday party at American Memorial National Park and didn't clean up afterwards. He just left all the trash on the ground. His campaign manager, Felix Nogis, was the one who reserved the space and was the one cited for littering. Oh yeah, photos are posted on Facebook, too.
The littering took place in a national park, so it is being prosecuted in federal court. The first hearing was yesterday. Camacho was the attorney representing his campaign manager, Nogis. Nogis entered a plea of "not guilty."
Camacho's public relations strategy is to claim that Nogis is innocent until proven guilty. That's a great defense. Timothy McVay, Jack Abramoff, and Charles Manson were also innocent until proven guilty. And then they were proven guilty. Now that I think of it, Fitial's Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce were innocent until proven guilty, too. And then they were proven guilty of conspiracy, theft, and wire fraud.
I have some free campaign advice for Joe Camacho and Felix Nogis. If they had any brains they would follow these simple recommendations:
PLEAD GUILTY AND APOLOGIZE. AND THEN APOLOGIZE AGAIN.
The longer this is dragged out the more it is going to harm Camacho's campaign.
Since most Covenant party members do the opposite of what would be smartest thing, I expect Camacho will try to drag this out past the election.