Louisiana Watergate featured on the cover of this week's City Pages
When reports emerged that a group of Republican activists were fiddling with the phone of a Democratic U.S. Senator in Louisiana, it was impossible not to draw comparisons to the bungled burglary of Watergate.
Soon after, it came out that one of the so-called "teabuggers" was Joe Basel, a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris, where he was a well-known conservative provocateur.
We set out to chronicle his rise to power, from editor of the Counterweight to palling around with James O'Keefe, the young firebrand who dressed up as a pimp for a video expose of ACORN.
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