A few days ago, I saw an article on some website about Andy Fastow. I can no longer find it but the gist was that the reporter had tracked down Lea Fastow and Lea – who by all accounts is a sweet, lovely woman – was gracious enough to talk to the reporter instead of slamming the phone down. Lea said that she and her family were at a friend’s house on a “mini-vaction” and that they’re all just trying to relax.
It was by any measure a truly gracious response to the reporter’s questions. But the report was full of snickering sarcasm and left one with the feeling that a Christmas effigy was in order.
Incidentally, Sherron Watkins defended Andy Fastow in that article. She stated something to the effect that Jeff Skilling was the real bad guy. I can’t remember the exact words because every time she opens her mouth, she sounds like the Peanuts character’s teacher. Wahwhahahahaha.
I bristled at the reporter’s usage of Watkins in the report. Who cares what she thinks of Andy Fastow? And hasn’t she graced us with her opinions on everything from Jeff Skilling’s competence to the United States’ prosecution of corporate crime? Maybe it’s time to shut her pie hole and go away. Her expiration date was about ten years ago.
I am tired of hearing from Sherron Watkins at all about anything. But I am also frustrated by people jumping all over Andy Fastow without thinking – and I include the corpulent moron in this statement. Andy Fastow and Jeff Skilling were both persecuted mercilessly in the media. Both were accused of things they didn’t do. Andy has rejoined society and officially speaking, the DOJ has no problem with him so we shouldn’t either.
I fear that Andy Fastow is going to bear the brunt of the Enron collapse, and that isn’t quite fair. Even if he stole $100 million from the company, it would not have been enough to topple Enron. The liquidity crisis wasn’t caused because he took all the cash, as some people seem to think. He is not a choir boy, but it is far too easy to put all the blame onto him. It is too simple an answer. And even if he is guilty of everything you believe, the least you could do is leave his wife alone.