by Bob Geary
Chris Mintz, who worked as a financial advisor and broker's representative, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of embezzling more than $1 million from accounts he controlled for two elderly clients.
Mintz, you may recall, was the ex-pat Republican who ran against Ty Harrell in the 2006 Democratic primary for the District 41 House seat. Harrell won and went on to oust Republican incumbent Russell Capps in the fall election. Now Harrell's out -- forced to resign -- and Mintz is almost certainly headed for prison.
Sad. But at least in Mintz's case, not completely unforseen.
At 78, Capps is unlikely to attempt a comeback. And lord was he right-wing, from denying evolution to thinking that Hurricane Katrina was god's way of telling New Orleans to repent. (Come to think of it, if that was the case, why did the creator knock out Trent Lott's house in Mississippi?) But as far as we know -- and pleeze, lord, don't disabuse me of my last illusion -- ol' Russell never pilfered his campaign contributions to pay for a mistress, nor did he steal from granny's retirement funds. Three years later, he'll have to be forgiven if he's gloating in his iced tea.