Chris Christie’s thuggery and big money

ChrisiteWouldn’t it be wonderful if one of Chris Christie’s most sigificant problems for a presidential run is that potential donors fear he is too big an asshole to control himself?

According to a report by Ben White and Maggie Haberman at Politico:

“There’s a sense he could melt down at any time,” said one donor who has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Republican candidates over the past several election cycles, and would be well-positioned to help Christie.

White and Haberman write that in recent interviews several donors have talked about Christie’s showdown with a protester at a Hurricane Sandy-related public meeting just before the election. “Sit down and shut up!” Christie told the man and referred to him derisively as “buddy.”

A lot of these people around Wall Street are more pragmatic conservatives,” said a donor who often serves as a liaison between GOP politicians and Wall Street donors. “And the ‘sit down and shut up’ stuff does not seem presidential to them. It seems disqualifying.

This falls under the category of what I like to call the Mafia rules of big money politics. When you already have all the power, you don’t want the politicians you own to draw too much attention to themselves. Better that things run quietly so no one gets too interested in what’s really going on.

Think John Gotti.

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