Well, if it’s Thursday it must be another domestic worker drama affecting a right-winger.  Today it’s former CNN anchor and current Tea Party darling Lou Dobbs, best known for his vile diatribes against undocumented workers and the people who employ them.

According to The Nation, one of the few media outlets that still does hard-hitting investigations, Dobbs has employed at least five illegal immigrants for years to take care of his daughter’s champion horses in Florida and Vermont, and to maintain his million dollar estates in New Jersey and Florida.

Dobbs, who has said that employers of undocumented workers “should face felony charges” refused to comment on the story.

The Nation spoke with several men who had worked as grooms at his estates, and they reported they worked 60 to 70 hour weeks of back-breaking labor for around $500 a week, which is just around minimum wage. (Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, if you’re like Michael Steele and don’t know what it is).  The grooms take care of the horses (which are worth over $1 million each) day-in, day-out, at the stables, and travel with the horses to Dobbs’ 22-year-old daughter’s competitions.  The grooms reported that she would occasionally give the workers $100 tips after they spent weekends with the horses at her equestrian jumping events.

In terms of living quarters:

At the Vermont stable that cared for the Dobbs Group horses from spring through autumn while Gomez worked there, the workers lived right at the horse barn. This arrangement has benefits, as Gomez points out; for example, the workers don’t have to pay rent. However, according to Gomez, their quarters—a two-bedroom apartment on the top floor of the barn—were extremely crowded. When Gomez lived there, nine workers were packed into the small apartment, and he had to share a bedroom with four of them.

The Nation also spoke with a man in Florida who was the gardener for Dobbs’ West Palm Beach estate, working without papers more than 50 hours a week without overtime for three years:

Ortega recalled meeting Dobbs one day while he was working on his garden: “He told me, in Spanish, that his name was Luis.”

Stay tuned. Dobbs has yet to blame this on Jerry Brown.


His whole mexican-bashing campaign was such obvious schtick, he just couldn’t sell it the way Limbaugh can. And he’s not one of those pinheads like, oh, everyone on Fox, who all actually believe their shit, so he really did seem to be flailing, trying to jump on the demagogue bandwagon, and failing.

What I am saying is, he isn’t really a hypocrite, because his outrage over illegal immigrants was never sincere to begin with.

Yeah, I think you mean New Jersey, not Vermont.

Correction: Sorry — I didn’t read the rest of the post but was remembering the article I read earlier that talked about Dobbs’ 300-acre estate in New Jersey.

Considering Lou’s also married to a Mexican woman (legal) it makes things all that more puzzling. Maybe not.

Although I am not surprised as a former wingnut friend of mine is married to a Columbian and he bitches constantly about “brown” babies invading his neighborhood while ignoring his two brown, er, half brown babies.

Luis should have used The Greatest Alias of All Time: “Ron Mexico.”

Fun Fact: Luis is a life member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

@redmanlaw: On what basis? Because he has put his naughty bits against the naughty bits of an actual Hispanic?

Are the Census people aware of the fungibility of racial identity?

TJ/ On October 7, 2010, the Afghanistan War will enter its 10th year.

@karen marie, clowned out and grateful for other news: He paid the $1,000 or whatever it is. Mrs. RML, who is an Actual Hispanic Journalist, is also a member.

TJ/NRA may shoot down Republican dreams to win back House

As the Democratic Party struggles to find an electoral path which will enable it to avoid losing control of the House of Representatives in November, one surprising source of hope is the National Rifle Association.

Although generally seen as a close ally of the Republicans, the group is actually willing to support any candidate who favors gun rights. According to the Washington Post, the NRA “has endorsed 58 incumbent House Democrats, including more than a dozen in seats that both parties view as critical to winning a majority.”

“The endorsements aren’t the result of a sudden love for a party with which the NRA is often at odds,” the Post notes. “Rather, the powerful group adheres to what it calls ‘an incumbent-friendly’ policy, which holds that if two candidates are equally supportive of gun rights, the incumbent gets the nod. … The policy is frustrating Republicans who think the group is hurting its own cause and the party’s chances next month.”


Here in NM 3, the NRA is supporting our not-gay Hispanic incumbent over angry white guy from the OilChristGuns northwestern part of the state who is actually an NRA member and he’s pissed.

@Dodgerblue: What’s an ojete? I thought about titling the post La Puerta del Caballero. And for illustration, my first impulse was to use something from The Godfather or Equus, but I refrained and restrained myself to Lou Dobbs and swastikas.

@SanFranLefty: Pubic hair. It’s used as an insult, as you might imagine.


What you are saying, perhaps, is that he is not so much a hypocrite as he is a opportunistic asshole with little to no charisma.

I heartily concur.

@Tommmcatt Thinks Masturbation Can Also Involve The Mainstream Media: I don’t know if that’s better or worse than a hypocrite.

@Dodgerblue: Only had one cup of coffee this morning, so excuse my obtuseness, but I’m not getting the reference…Justice Thomas is the only right winger I associate with pubic hair.

Lou and The Nation face off on MSNBC, starting now…

@nojo: The Cubbies v. Lefties game is on!

Is he blaming the subcontractors? (Which as the Nation points out, he’s condemned people who do that).

@SanFranLefty: Yup. They’re going over that right now.

@Dodgerblue: Yay! I get to use “merkin” today! I try to work it into any conversation at least once a week.

Unfortunately, the Nation reporter is coming off as a bit of a douchette. Self-righteousness doesn’t play well.

@nojo: From The Nation article:

Dobbs has heaped scorn on the government for using contractors that hire undocumented immigrants. On CNN in 2007, he called private firms that oppose verification requirements for their contractors’ employees “ridiculous.”

@SanFranLefty: Apparently Dobbs had the Nation reporter on his radio show today, so this is a rematch. And all three of them are making me wish I enjoyed baseball.

Wait — there’s a jazz station in town! Problem solved.

Buster Posey steals second and then scores for Ess Eff on an error by the Hotlanta third basemen.

SF Pitcher Tim Lincecum at bat. He has a .125 batting average.

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