Mitt Romney Fund-raiser Host Has Dog Problems, Too

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A pug named Sake sits in his owner's backpack during a small protest by a group called Dogs Against Romney outside of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 14, 2012 in New York City. The group is incensed that the GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney once confessed to placing his dog in a crate on top of the family car while driving to a vacation home.
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By now, everyone knows the story of Seamus, the Romney family dog that got strapped to roof of the family car, resulting in a million jokes and the seriously extensive Dogs Against Romney blog. They have another Romney-related canine bombshell this week about the hosts of Ann Romney's birthday fund-raiser, via Jezebel:

On Monday, Romney will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser that is being hosted for him by Fred Malek. Who is Malek? He is the former President of Marriott Hotels and Northwest Airlines; former assistant to U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon and H.W. Bush; and former National Finance Committee Co-Chair for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Fred Malek is also part of a group of men who were arrested after killing and barbecuing a dog in a city park in Peoria, IL in 1959.

Malek and his buddies were reportedly drunk and covered in blood when police found them. Animal-cruelty charges were eventually dropped against Malek and all but one man, who "testified that he had struck and killed the dog with a piece of 2-by-4, and that he alone had skinned the animal and tried to cook it." Malek was just 22 at the time — people change and he's obviously come a long way — but try telling that to Gail Collins.