New book pins 'debategate' on Democrat
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Now, in his new book, “Rendezvous With Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America,” a much broader look at the campaign that elected Reagan, Craig Shirley, Reagan biographer and conservative public relations executive, has gathered a wealth of evidence, all of which points to one man — the late political operative and onetime Kennedy family confidant Paul Corbin — as the culprit.
There’s no smoking gun in the book — but there’s lots of gunpowder and interviews with people to whom Corbin admitted that he was the one.
(snip ... ) How did Paul Corbin, a lifelong Democrat, labor organizer and former Communist agitator, end up working for the ardently anti-Communist Republican Ronald Reagan? The answer lies in the fact the diminutive, shadowy Corbin was a political troublemaker par excellence.
An FBI file opened on Corbin in 1940 — only four years after he entered the country illegally from his native Canada — had swelled to nearly 2,000 documents by the time of his death in 1990. Papers released by the FBI under a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that Corbin spent much of his life one step ahead of the law, grand juries, the FBI and union thugs. He was arrested multiple times, including twice for running a scam in which he threatened businesses with strikes unless they bought ads in union publications: The publications were fraudulent, and he pocketed the ad money.
New book pins 'debategate' on Democrat - Craig Shirley - POLITICO.com
This Corbin guy sounds like a villain from a novel. I wonder if the briefing books actually made a difference? Didn't Ronald Reagan slam it home with his "I paid for this microphone" and "There you go again" comments?