Police say no foul play in car fire death of wife of White House aide
publication date: Jan 10, 2011
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Ashley Turton, the wife of White House liaison to the House of Representatives Dan Turton, was burned to death in her car on the morning of January 10. Although Washington Metropolitan police ruled the death as an "accident," WMR has learned that the FBI has alerted potential witnesses in politically-connected criminal investigations elsewhere in the country to use remotely-controlled "key fob" automobile starters to protect themselves from bombs triggered by car ignitions.
Ashley Turton, nee Westbrook, 37, and mother of three, including twins, was a lobbyist for Progress Energy of Raleigh, North Carolina. Just hours after Westbrook Turton died in the fiery incident in her garage, Duke Power announced that it was buying Progress Energy for $26 billion, creating the nation's largest utility. Previously, she worked as the chief of staff for Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who is married to influential lobbyist and Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg. Greenberg counts BP among his major clients.
Mrs. Turton graduated from North Carolina State University and transferred to DeLauro's staff as her press secretary in 2000 after having served as the public information officer for then-North Carolina Attorney General Mike Easley. Turton previously served as legislative assistant to Democratic Governor Jim Hunt. In 2004, Turton was a spokesperson for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign.
During her time with DeLauro, Turton went from press secretary, then to leadership aide and floor assistant, senior policy adviser and finally, chief of staff, in 2005.
The DC Fire Department concluded that Mrs. Turton's SUV came into contact with flammable chemical materials in a low-speed crash, resulting in the fire. Police are also spinning the notion that Mrs. Turton suffered from some "unknown" medical condition. However, the FBI's warning to witnesses about ignition bombs calls into question the DC Fire Department's assessment and the quick ruling out of foul play by DC Metropolitan Police. Mrs. Turton's car was discovered by firemen at around 5 am engulfed in flames while inside the garage of Turton's townhouse on the 800 block of A Street in the Eastern Market section of Capitol Hill.
Dan Turton previously worked for Democratic House Majority leader Richard Gephardt and he was also a lobbyist for Timmons & Company. On September 15, 2008, WMR reported on Timmons: "In a case of "premature election-action," the McCain campaign named Washington uber-lobbyist William E. Timmons, Sr. as the head of his presidential transition team . . .Timmons, along with his son, have built up Timmons & Company as a deep-pocketed lobbying firm in a city full of lobbying firms . . . Timmons is tied to all the bêtes noires of the Republican Party over the last generation and a half: Watergate, Tongsun Park and Koreagate, and the Ford administration and its two top advisers, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Timmons was Richard Nixon's congressional liaison who tried to derail the impeachment of Nixon for the Watergate scandal. Timmons was also very close to Nixon and Ford Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In 1980, a number of Ronald Reagan campaign aides were livid when Timmons became a top campaign aide to Reagan as deputy campaign manager for operations and convention manager. Timmons, who became a top oil industry lobbyist having counted the American Petroleum Institute among his top clients, was politically close to George H. W. Bush, who later became Reagan's running mate. The following is what muckraking journalist Jack Anderson wrote on July 14, 1980, about Timmons' coming on board the Reagan campaign: 'But it is Timmons' work as a lobbyist that may prove to be a political liability to the Reagan campaign. While his penchant for rich and powerful clients would not disturb conservative Republicans, his devotion to their causes might not sit well with the moderates and Democrats Reagan needs to win over this fall.'"
DeLauro has been at the center of a major recent scandal. WMR reported: "On June 2, 2010, WMR reported: 'WMR has recently learned that while a member of the House, a major Democratic strategist and lobbyist rented [Rahm] Emanuel his Washington, DC condominium at below market rates. Emanuel reportedly used the condominium for trysts with his homosexual partners in Washington while Emanuel's family remained at their home in north Chicago. The Democratic strategist in question is also a top lobbyist for BP.'WMR has learned additional details concerning the DC 'play condo.' Well-informed sources report the condo in question was actually owned by Connecticut Democratic Representative Rosa DeLauro. She is married to Democratic pollster and strategist Stan Greenberg. Greenberg's firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, counts BP as one of its largest clients. Greenberg's business partners are James Carville and Bob Shrum. Carville has been appearing on CNN commenting on the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, another indication of the massive conflicts-of-interest of CNN in objectively covering news stories. Although Greenberg and DeLauro are close friends of Rahm Emanuel, WMR has been told the 'play condo' was 'wired' and that there exists video and audio evidence of trysts not only involving Emanuel but also those engaged in by then-US Senator Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton, who both stopped by the condo on separate occasions for 'extracurricular activities.'"
As with the suspicious murder of former Air Force Secretary assistant John P. Wheeler III in Joe Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, the Ashley Westbrook Turton death in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Capitol Hill, is fast becoming a "cold case." Both deaths barely receive notice on the national news broadcasts. In Wheeler's case, an ex-Philly cop named William Fleisher is now getting ink for his theory that Wheeler suffered a brain injury and crawled into a dumpster where he died, later being found in a trash dump. Now, the DC media is being offered up police theories that Mrs. Turton suffered from some "unknown" medical condition that contributed to the fiery explosion that engulfed her vehicle with flames shooting up to the top of her house. The question remains, if Mrs. Turton's medical condition is unknown, how does the Washington Metro Police know about it?
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