Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Now THIS is just too GOOD!

As part of the “battle on corruption,” the GOP has joined in and offered up, that’s right, William Jefferson (D-La).

That’s right, they’re going after a guy who didn’t even take lobbying money from Jack Abramoff (oh wait…the jury’s still out on that too), no, all this guy did was abscond with about $90K of ill-gotten cash and take about $500,000 in bribes and kick-backs. He's facing about 13 ethics violations and a number of potential felony indictments.

The now infamous $90K was cash he'd stashed in a freezer in his New Orleans home.
Funnier still, is that Rep Jefferson took badly needed National Guard services, diverting them form other, vital life-saving rescue work in order to help him move some of his belongings out of that house.

That’s right, during the height of Hurricane Katrina William Jefferson put the value of his own property ABOVE the value of the safety of the people he purportedly represents!

And NOW the GOP has the nerve to look to expel this guy out of the House of Representatives?

Laurie Kellman of the AP wrote, “Republicans moved on Tuesday to seek Rep. William J. Jefferson's expulsion from Congress, a day after the Louisiana Democrat was indicted on charges of taking more than $500,000 in bribes.

“Jefferson, meanwhile, relinquished his seat on the House Small Business Committee before members of his own party could vote to kick him off the panel.

“In a two-paragraph letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Jefferson, 60, said he was taking the step "in the light of recent developments in a legal matter." He acknowledged no wrongdoing.”

Republican Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio has led the push for House resolution specifically instructing the ethics committee to report whether a member's expulsion is warranted. Usually such resolutions leave it to the committee to recommend appropriate sanctions after its investigation.

The unusual directive produced a rare retort from the chairwoman of the House ethics committee.

"It is inappropriate for any other member to impose on these proceedings," Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, D-Ohio, chairwoman of the Standards of Official Conduct committee, said in a statement that did not mention Boehner by name. "I refuse to allow these proceedings to be politicized by House Republican leadership."

Ooooh! It’s way too late for that Ms. Tubbs-Jones, I'm afraid.

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