Over at TPMCafe, Greg Sargent has been trying to get to the bottom of the Connecticut Heckler kerfuffle. Who is this man, Richard F. Goodstein, who came all the way from Washington, D.C., leaving a lucrative lobby practice on hold so he could sit in a diner, munch a hamburger, and heckle progressive Democratic challenger Ned Lamont for the benefit of assembled reporters and photographers?
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It turns out, this recent flap isn't the first time Goodstein's been in hot water. Way back in 1983, Goodstein -- then a lawyer for the doomed Mondale for President campaign -- "surreptitiously took" a notebook from a Philadelphia office in order to hide the nature of the campaign's scheme to use rather flimsy outside organizations to evade fundraising laws. The action was disclosed in a 1985 book and reported in the Washington Post. (The notebook was returned soon after Goodstein took it, the paper reported; the FEC discovered the ruse, and Mondale -- after losing 49 states to Ronald Reagan -- paid over $379,000 in fines.)
As Goodstein told the Washington Post (article not online) at the time of its article on the topic: "It was the middle of a campaign and the stakes were high. . . It seemed to be the thing to do at the moment."
Since the 1980s, Goodstein has worked as a lobbyist specializing in waste issues.