Bull says, “Affirmative. We’re at the hotel getting him checked in. Meet us at the Cajun Seafood Restaurant near the office.”
Mac says, “Roger that. Chief, you got that?”
Charlie says, “Affirmative, lead the way.” The men make their way to the meeting place noting that Mr. Winchester’s vehicle is strategically parked near the entrance. Once inside Charlie says, “We’re with the Winchester party.”
The hostess nods and escorts them back to a small room generally reserved for small parties and conferences. As they enter they hear Bull ordering an ice tea while Mr. Jameson requests a Whiskey Sour neat. Mr. Winchester is sitting quietly. Mac and Charlie are seated and both order ice tea.
After the waitress leaves, Mr. Jameson asks, “Could you tell anything about the men who were following me?”
Charlie says, “Only that they appeared to be Middle Eastern.”
Mr. Winchester asks, “Arthur, do you know if President Lyons was involved with any Islamic Fundamentalist groups or any other community activist groups?”
“We don’t know much about him except for his voting record.”
“Why did President Moore pick him for a running mate?”
“Because the polls showed that he had a better chance of winning. I was against it, but I was overruled.” He changes the subject, “The reason I called this meeting…” He looks around and plays the tape he recorded from Sunday night’s meeting with President Lyons.
Upon hearing it, Mr. Winchester says, “This is serious. Has the Secret Service heard this?”
“No, no one but you.”
“Why haven’t you gone to the Secret Service?”
At that moment, the waitress brings their drinks. Before the waitress can get a word out, Mr. Winchester says, “Thank you, Billie Sue. I’m sorry; we’ve been busy catching up. Can we have a few more minutes to decide?”
Billie Sue nods, “As you wish.” She leaves the room.
As the men take a few moments to look at the menu, Mr. Jameson says in a low tone, “Look, you heard the man, if anyone resists him or if his plans are exposed they’ll meet the same fate. Do you realize there are a lot of people behind this? Who knows just how deep?”
A few minutes later, Billie Sue returns to take their orders. When she leaves, Mr. Jameson takes a slow sip of his drink, “Gentlemen, the Progressive Movement plus the Socialist and Communists are alive and well. With the upcoming primaries, President Lyons isn’t worried about election voter fraud. As a matter of fact, I foresee him making the 1960 elections look like child’s play. You may not realize this but during that election, certain people from the labor unions in West Virginia along with the Chicago mob, not to mention a famous singer/actor who had ties to both, made a deal. When Kennedy won, Nixon could’ve done ‘an Al Gore’ but chose not to because he realized that would’ve done more harm than good. As you know eventually Nixon won two elections but resigned as a result of Watergate. His Vice President, Spiro Agnew, another Progressive spent time in a federal prison and Nixon was pardoned by Ford without ever going to trial.”
Billie Sue comes by to refresh the ice teas, “Your meals should be ready shortly.”
Mr. Winchester says, “Thank You.”
“You’re welcome, sir.” Billie Sue retreats with her pitcher of tea.
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