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Another troubled mayor against illegal guns faces new charges

Texas Gov. Rick Perry just might feel luck he's not a member of Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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The Washington Free Beacon reported today that Monticello, N.Y. Mayor Gordon Jenkins is in trouble with the law again, this time accused of bribery, making him something of a repeat embarrassment for anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Jenkins, a Democrat, has been in trouble before. He was arrested last year for allegedly driving while intoxicated. In 2010, he was arrested for allegedly selling “knockoff” copies of merchandise. He pleaded guilty to that charge.

Contrast this with the indictment last Friday of gun-toting, coyote-shooting Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who indicated he would never vote for Perry, today said the indictment is what happens in “totalitarian societies,” according to Newsmax. Perry has vowed to fight the indictment for abuse of power, insisting he acted within the law when he vetoed funds for the office of a prosecutor who was arrested for drunken driving.

Perry’s case may be pure politics, Texas-style, while the arrest of Jenkins looks more like the mayor either has a pattern of bad luck, or bad decisions. Jenkins was arrested last week, the Free Beacon reported, as was Monticello Building Inspector James Snowden.

Jenkins is not the only member of Bloomberg’s mayoral gun control group to run afoul of the law. Several mayors have gotten into trouble, and some have even been sentenced to prison. The list includes former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, both Democrats.

Meanwhile, Republican Perry has gotten plenty of traction for what may be another run at the White House in 2016, by showing leadership along the border with Mexico while the Obama administration has, at best, demonstrated ineptitude. Perry has been photographed riding on river patrol boats on the Rio Grande. Frustrated at the federal response to an invasion of illegal aliens, Perry took action.

There is much irony in these developments. Bloomberg, who has been spending small fortunes in attempts to unseat pro-gun politicians – he blew $150,000 in an unsuccessful attempt to beat pro-gun Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke last week – and protect two anti-gun Colorado state senators who were recalled last year, seems to have had bad luck with recruiting mayors to join his group.

Jenkins, like all other criminal suspects, should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Democrats salivating over Perry’s problem in Texas should remember that.