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article imageOp-Ed: Akbar moves to S.C., stumps for candidates, but who pays?

By Bill Schmalfeldt     Aug 15, 2012 in Politics
Savannah - This is the second part of a series of stories looking into how Ali Akbar went from being a convicted felon in 2007 to a bright and rising star of the Republican party before his probation expired... and who helped along the way.
Having decided, apparently, that Texas was now unfriendly turf, young Akbar decided to move to South Carolina to work for Ray McKinney a candidate who had pulled off a political shocker -- winning a Republican Straw Poll for the 2008 Presidential nomination.
With McKinney, Akbar discovered something he was good at... advocating for GOP candidates.
When McKinney lost the GOP nomination to another candidate in 2008, he worked for a tea party favorite in the New York 23th Congressional District. He supported Tea Party insurgent Bob Hoffman over the eventual winner, Democrat Bill Owens.
When the special election was over, Akbar went back to work with McKinney. In 2010, McKinney won the primary, and his opponent charged Akbar with unethical behavior.
So, he wasn't being paid. He had no money, as evidenced by the fact that he was evicted from his residence in Savannah in Feb. 2010.
He wasn't working for McKinney. He had no visible source of support. So, who was paying Akbar to travel to New York to harass the Democratic candidate? Who was paying for Akbar to stump for McKinney? Where did he live? Who paid the tab?
McKinney lost in the general election. Akbar decided to cut his losses and head back to Texas.
Somewhere along the way, Young Akbar met Republican superstar Karl Rove and RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie.
That's when Ali Akbar's star began to really shoot into the firmament.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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