Vernon "the Beav" Robinson

With all the enthusiasm for putting an end to the joke that is Charles Taylor, it's easy to forget that there are other odious characters in the Republican tent worth keeping an eye on. There's Robin "Flip Flop" Hayes, of course, who has stood by the Bush Family Crime ring through sick and sin - cashing in his votes for favor with Herr Rove. And then there's this nutcase who's challenging Brad Miller for no discernible reason except to feed his pathetic ego and spew hate. That Republicans would be comfortable with such a cretin in their ranks is embarrassing enough. But to have a cretin who produced this commercial (you may have to scroll down) is truly creepy -- which is all you need to know about the state of the Republican party these days.

Officials closely tied to Taylor’s Savings & Loan convicted of fraud, money laundering

Blue Ridge Savings & Loan has history of banking violations

In 2001, two close political and business associates of North Carolina Rep. Charles Taylor (R-11) pled guilty and were convicted of bank fraud and conspiracy to money laundering involving loans of $2.27 million.

Throughout the 90s Taylor’s bank, Blue Ridge Savings and Loan, repeatedly broke federal banking rules that limit how much money an institution of its size can lend to any one borrower. In 1991, the bank, headquartered in Asheville, NC, was reprimanded for violating their $500,000 lending limit.

Taylor submitted legislation written by General Electric

Bill designed to delay $500 million Hudson River PCB cleanup

North Carolina Representative Charles Taylor’s (R-11) staff added language to a budget bill in 2005 to favor General Electric (GE) Corporation.

In fact, according to the Albany Times-Union a member of Taylor’s staff said GE drafted the initial language. The legislation then went back and forth between the congressional staff and the company before it was added to last year’s appropriations bill.

The company gave $8,250 to Taylor in 2003-04, making it Taylor’s seventh-largest donor, according to campaign finance records kept by the Center for Responsive Politics at its website. According to the site, the company was not one of Taylor’s top 20 contributors in 2001-02 or 1999-2000.

Taylor tied to inadequate bank security, 3 deaths

On May 16, 2003, a bank teller and two customers were murdered in a bank owned by Charles Taylor’s holding company. Vulnerable because of several ignored security recommendations, the Blue Ridge Savings Bank branch in Greer, SC was robbed of an estimated $2,000 to $3,000 at 1:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge Savings is a subsidiary of Financial Guarantee, Inc., a company owned by NC Representative Charles Taylor (R-11).

The Greer branch was located in a singlewide trailer on a dead-end road off Interstate 85. Bank employee Sylvia Holtzclaw was working alone the day of the robbery, when customers Maggie and “Eb” Barnes entered. All three were later found dead, shot at close range. No tape was found in the bank's single indoor security camera. Counter to all industry standards, there were no operable outdoor cameras. Since the robbery, the bank has employed full-time guards.

Taylor leaves bacon in DC

Although cited as reason in years of endorsements there’s no evidence North Carolina Rep. Charles Taylor (NC-11) actually “brings home” any “bacon.”

Most constituents assume Taylor can acquire federal funding for his home district because he sits on the House Appropriations Committee which oversees the federal budget.

Because he chairs the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Department of the Interior, he is also expected to bring back funds for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as numerous national forests located in his 11th congressional district. However, that does not seem to be the case.

Local or federal: Taylor fails to comply to regulations

In addition to the numerous banking and ethics violations attributed to Representative Charles Taylor’s (R-11) Asheville-based Blue Ridge Savings Bank, the Congressman has also been found in violation of several FEC regulations, Asheville housing and zoning codes and occupancy permits.

Taylor’s opponent, Highlands attorney John Armor has enumerated Taylor’s many inconsistencies in his personal asset filings, but Taylor also has filed inaccurate FEC campaign finance reports, as well as used campaign funds for personal expenses.


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