Sunday, January 23, 2005

Good ol' Rocky Top?

Tennessean developer/financier/former-indictee looks to buy the Nats, the Post reports.

From the article by Thomas Heath:

Franklin Haney Sr., 64, a Chattanooga developer, has put in an application to baseball to buy the club, according to sources familiar with the sale process. Haney and his son, Franklin Haney Jr., 45, will be competing against at least two other Washington-based groups who have placed a $100,000, partially refundable deposit as part of their applications to buy the team.

Haney the Senior has an interesting bio:

Haney Sr. is an attorney turned developer-financier and Democrat activist with an impressive political Rolodex, including close ties to former vice president Al Gore. Haney once worked in the Senate office of Al Gore Sr. Haney worked his way through the University of Tennessee as a Bible salesman, then earned a law degree from George Washington. He ran for Congress in 1966 and lost, then ran for governor of Tennessee in 1974 and lost again.

His interest in the Nats might seem more timely if he were an actual F.O.P., instead of a Friend of the Former Other Guy, but whatever. George Washington is a heck of a school, if I don't say so myself.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot: Mr. Haney was also indicted at one point . . .

In 1999, Haney was indicted on 42 charges alleging that he funneled contributions through company employees, friends and others to the 1992 and 1996 Clinton-Gore campaigns. Haney was acquitted on all counts.

. . . not convicted, though. Anyway, even if he actually acted as alleged, if you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin', right?

As for Haney the Junior, I've got nothing. No idea. Perhaps he belongs on an all-star team with Joe Buck, Ernie Johnson Jr., and the Rev. Robert Schuler's son, among others.

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