Haley Barbour, the Mississippi racist who dazzled Pennsylvania Republicans at their Lincoln Dinner this weekend, once said that Superstorm Sandy would be like “Manna from Heaven” for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, but the real political miracle has been how much federal storm relief money politicians like Barbour have been able to direct into their own pockets:
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is a partner in a lobbying firm that works for AshBritt, the giant Florida debris-removal company. He’s also a big backer of Gov. Chris Christie.
After Hurricane Sandy, Barbour played matchmaker. Christie quickly hired AshBritt to help clear New Jersey’s storm-ravaged coastline.
Naturally rightwingers will use this example to argue next time that the storm money will be wasted.