What Was Brian’s Role?

A lot got written today about the alleged bid-rigging scheme that led to raids on Brian McLaughlin’s offices yesterday, none of it getting far past the Channel 4 report.

But there’s still a basic, unanswered question: What was Brian’s role supposed to be? Bid-rigging is a time-honored scheme doesn’t require the participation of anybody other than executives at the companies making the bids. Was he allegedly taking care of the details on the electrical-workers union side? Was he allegedly using high-level political connections? Why would these guys need to pay off Brian McLaughlin?

The feds must have a theory. Over to you, Jonathan Dienst.

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