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Merry Christmas! It's Time to Play 'Name That Party'

A criminal organization masquerading as a political party, and able to shield itself from identification with its own malfeasance via its enablers and fellow travelers in the media. Read the whole thing, and then see if you can guess which party this politician belongs to:

More than $1 million of cash, in small bundles, was found in safe deposit boxes belonging to a disgraced former Massachusetts state representative. U.S. Marshals said they found the cash in safe deposit boxes controlled by John George, 68, who is also a former Dartmouth Selectman. George was convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison on federal charges for embezzling from a taxpayer-subsidized bus company he controlled.

George’s sentence also required him to pay $688,772 in restitution and forfeit $1.38 million to the federal government. Following that judgment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Marshals obtained warrants for George’s safe deposit boxes. Over the last two days, the Marshals said they gained access to George’s boxes at banks in New Bedford and Fairhaven. They found the boxes were brimming with rolls of $100s, $50s and other, smaller denominations.

George was required to disclose his financial status to the court prior to his sentencing in July 2015, but only reported about $160,000 in bank accounts and another $28,000 in cash. The Marshals say they found more than $1 million in the safe deposit boxes.

Okay, I placed in bold face a few clues. Here’s a couple more, the first two results of a quick Google search:

John George sentenced to serve nearly 6 years, must pay …

Jul 29, 2015 – BOSTON — Former Dartmouth selectman John George, Jr., was sentenced … New Bedford wins a three-year revitalization expert from Mass …

Missing: democrat

John George Jr. found guilty of conspiracy, embezzlement …

Apr 16, 2015 – … Court jury Thursday found Dartmouth Selectman John George Jr. guilty on … New Bedford wins a three-year revitalization expert from Mass …

Missing: democrat
Got it yet? Just in case you haven’t figured it out by now, here he is. And here’s how the Boston Globe reported the story:

Ask Nathalie L. Dias about John George Jr., a former selectman and state representative from Dartmouth, and she will talk about his kindness and generosity. So Dias was saddened this week when George, who had been sentenced earlier this year to six years in federal prison for embezzlement, was accused of attempting to hide $1 million in cash from the government in safe-deposit boxes.

“I know it doesn’t seem like it, but he really is a good, good man,” Dias, a former member of the Board of Selectmen, said Thursday. “He would give you the shirt off his back and work 10 days for you.”

But others in the close-knit South Coast political world said they were not surprised that George, who ran a farm in Dartmouth and operated a major New Bedford bus company, allegedly stashed far more than the $28,000 in cash he had declared to the federal government in July.

“This was like waiting for the other shoe to drop,” said Diane Gilbert, also a former Dartmouth selectman. “I’ve always suspected since he was indicted that the truth would come out. It is rather shocking to me, however, that he could have been so careless and so arrogant as to consider himself above the law.”

Well, he is a… what party is that, again?