Wednesday, May 24, 2006

pelosi get's tough

through all the republican scandals of the past months the problem existed of a democratic scandal arising that would make corruption seem bipartisan. Alas a few weeks back it did occur. CBS reports that:
FBI agents searched Jefferson's office in pursuit of evidence in a bribery investigation. The search warrant was based on an affidavit that said agents found $90,000 in cash wrapped and stashed in the freezer of Jefferson's home.
This was admittedly bad news. So would the Democratic Leadership defend Jefferson the way Republicans were coddled? Well we have a luxury they didn't. This piece of corruption, though reprehensible, was not typical of how House Dems have been behaving, nor was the leadership invovled directly as the repugs have been for years.
We know how their leadership behaved. How did our leadership behave?

RawStory reports that:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has formally asked Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) to resign from the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Jefferson wrote Pelosi quickly in reply, refusing to surrender his seat. Both letters, acquired by RAW STORY, follow.

"None of the matters reported to be under scrutiny involve issues under jurisdiction of the Ways and Means committee," the Louisiana Democrat wrote. "Therefore, such a request would be even more perplexing and unreasonable. If I agreed, it would unfairly punish the people of the 2nd district and I will not stand for that."

Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to questions asking whether she will call on Jefferson to resign from Congress. One Washington watchdog group has already asked Jefferson to quit.

Dem leadership is at least posturing as tough on corruption. Now if we could only get them out in front on lobbying and campaign finance reform.


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