By definition, most congressional staffers are insiders. One new hire, though, already had such status even before landing the job — as in, he’s been inside (you know, in the clink, up the river, in the pokey, etc.).
Kandia Milton, a new addition to the staff of Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), spent a year in the pen after being convicted in a bribery scheme when he was on the staff of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Milton, who pleaded guilty to accepting kickbacks for greasing the wheels for a sale of city property when he was Kilpatrick’s deputy, is now a congressional liaison for Peters making $42,900 a year, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Kilpatrick, of course, went to prison himself after a scandal-packed tenure that included an affair with his chief of staff, allegations of strippers in the mayor’s residence, and various flavors of corruption
Peters, though, was willing to give the guy a break. “Congressman Peters believes that individuals who acknowledge their mistakes, pay their debt to society and make a real commitment to doing the right thing going forward deserve a second chance,” his spokesman, Jared Smith, tells the Loop.