and stupidity
couple that with it was a FBI sting op, and he was probably suggesting ways for them to pay him for his services

the FBI got one here in Richmond a few years back in a similiar sting re rezoning on a fairly large land deal, and the FBI lured him to NY and taped him in their hotel room bragging he "... was only a big fish in a small pond but he was THE big fish in that pond..."

and of course he was tearfully sorry at the sentencing hearing