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The Company You Keep

With former Department of Corrections Secretary Jim Crosby pleading guilty to taking kickbacks from contractors, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith could be on the defensive about their longtime friendship. Here's what Smith said back in March during a "Political Connections" interview:

"I've known his mother. I've known his children. I've known him since he was an intake officer," Smith said of Crosby. "I think there was a great sense of "one of us' among officers and staff when he became successful, but if he's done something wrong he's got to pay the consequences. ... if something's wrong there, I believe it will be the old saying they once said about President (Warren) Harding: "He could control his enemies, I'm just not sure he could control his friends."'

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:06pm]


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