A former intern of U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma, is now facing charges, so getting that good job referral from the congresswoman might not be so easy. But at least the intern's former boss is still willing to honor his fellow charged co-hort with a congressional resolution.
Robert Flanagan was arrested and charged on allegations he took part in a scheme to infiltrate a U.S. senator's telephone system. Fallin's office confirmed to several news organizations that Flanagan worked as an intern for them last year. Her press secretary Katie Bruns told the Tulsa World Flanagan was brought on to handle front office duties like answering the phone.
Bruns said Flanagan started out as an unpaid intern in August 2008 but later earned about $4,000 before leaving in April of last year.
The 24-year-old former intern, along with three other young lads, is charged with entering federal property under false pretenses, according to The Associated Press. The young gang allegedly decided it would be fun to dress like telephone repairmen and gain access into the New Orleans office of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu. The plan, according to news reports, was to obtain information on allegations Landrieu's office wasn't taking calls concerning complaints about the health care bill currently being debated in Congress.
Flanagan and the crew could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
But that hasn't deterred Fallin from honoring James O'Keefe, also charged in the scheme, with a congressional resolution for his undercover work on the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, or ACORN. Fallin told the World the honor has nothing to do with his recent alleged criminal activity.
Of course, it shouldn't come as a surprise a member of Congress wants to honor a potential criminal. Most Americans think what happens in the nation's capital is a crime.