Here again, Meese's friends are deeply involved with the company. One, W. Franklyn Chinn of San Francisco, was holding $60,000 of Meese's money in a limited blind partnership. Three weeks before receiving Meese's money, Chinn had become a financial adviser to Wedtech. Chinn had been put in touch with the company by E. Robert Wallach, a close friend of Meese's and a beneficiary of Wedtech profits.
Others, such as Pat McQuigan of the Free Congress Foundation, say Meese is the most effective spokesman [Ronald Reagan] has and it is precisely for that reason that he has been the victim of a witch hunt by liberals. Had he been less able to shift the national debate on major issues, McQuigan contends, Meese would have been left alone.
Meese grew up in a devout German Lutheran family that nightly recited the Pledge of Allegiance and prayed together. His 83-year-old mother, Leone Meese, in a rare interview with the Los Angeles Times last year, described a rigid, unpretentious family life with hamburgers on the boys' birthdays, spring lamb at Easter and biblical literalism on Sundays. Meese had a paper route as a boy and cleared park trails as a teen-ager.