“[He’s] a thoughtful and strategic leader.”
What she didn’t say:
According to the Nov. 2, 2005 Advertiser, Lingle knew as far back as December, 2004, that Fox had been arrested for allegedly fondling a 27-year-old woman on a flight to Los Angeles. When she called her Republican ally Fox “thoughtful” she also knew that he’d been indicted in a California court for “abusive sexual conduct” (he grabbed the crotch of the woman who was sleeping in the seat next to him, which is a misdemeanor). Yet before and during Fox’s one-day trial, Lingle kept her mouth shut, choosing only to say good things about Fox in public. Until, that is, his Oct. 20, 2005 conviction and subsequent resignation from the state House, but by then it was impossible to keep the story quiet.