Last July, in this space, I wrote that “if you want to spend a strange afternoon, google ‘Scott Bloch’ and just see what pops up. Too weird for words.”
Don’t say you weren’t warned – and it’s getting stranger yet.
The Washington Post reports today that Bloch, former “Special Counsel of the United States” under George W. Bush, has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) suit against Karl Rove and others seeking $200 million in damages. Even in a town where it takes a “billion here and a billion there and pretty soon we’re talking about real money,” that’s real money. Prison sentences of the kind Bloch recently received, it seems, do not make the heart grow fonder.
“Scott Bloch was one of those Bush Administration appointees who was given a relatively unimportant but high-paying job partly in return for the work he did reaching out to conservative Catholics on Bush’s behalf,” I previously wrote. One financial services firm that does business with various dioceses was counting on Bloch to help throw business their way, which we reported on here back in 2005.