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March 02, 2013 10:31 AM Presidential pardon with loose GOP ties?

By Samuel Knight

Minor intrigue on the Presidential pardons front.

One of the more serious offenders pardoned by the White House was James Anthony Bordinaro. The Gloucester, Massachusetts man had been found guilty of “conspiracy to restrain, suppress, and eliminate competition in violation of the Sherman Act,” and “conspiracy to submit false statements.”

According to the Washington Post, Bordinaro “was among a half dozen New England fishing industry executives who pleaded guilty to such scams, according to a 1991 report by the Boston Globe.”

“They were charged with falsifying documents in their contracts with the Department of Defense certifying that Canadian fish were caught by U.S. fishermen in U.S. waters, a requirement of government contracts, according to the Globe.”

According to the Post, he also appears to have ties — albeit loose ones — to the GOP.

“Last year, members of the Bordinaro family introduced Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei at a fishing-themed campaign event at the docks in downtown Gloucester.”

According to Tisei’s still functioning campaign website, a “Jim Bordinaro” introduced the then-candidate, describing the man as “a lifetime resident of Gloucester, whose family has been in the Gloucester fishing business since the 1930s.”

“Bordinaro is the Vice President of Channel Fish Processing Co. in Gloucester,” the description continued.

At the event, Tisei described federal regulation of the fishing industry as “out of control.”

Nothing terribly fishy (sorry), but on a scale (again, sorry) comparing it to the other pardons, the Bordinaro decision is relatively interesting.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • Gandalf on March 02, 2013 11:32 AM:

    Really? This is the best you can do this morning? We all can certainly waste our time in an equally entertaining way by just watching Fox news.

  • tsts on March 02, 2013 11:34 AM:

    "Minor intrigue on the Presidential pardons front."

    Where, what? There is nothing in your article that would back up this claim. How does someone introducing a candidate at one event translate into ties to a party? Sorry, but this is the most useless post in a while, in what is otherwise a very interesting blog.

  • cwolf on March 02, 2013 11:45 AM:

    When Money Talks,
    Fishy Felons Walk.

  • punaise on March 02, 2013 12:18 PM:

    who en-dorsal-ed this pardon of a gill-T party?

  • Karen on March 02, 2013 12:32 PM:

    You had to cast a wide net to haul in this minnow of a fish story. I will fin - isn while I'm a [steel]head.

  • W. Hackwhacker on March 02, 2013 6:41 PM:

    Unlike most of your commenters, who seem to think you're floundering around for a hook, I think this is a whale of a story!

  • Crissa on March 04, 2013 12:16 PM:

    It's intrigue because there's nothing to this story that indicates this guy deserves a pardon.