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Friday, June 16, 2006

Democrat U.S. House Rep. William Jefferson was stripped of his seat on the House Ways & Means Committee today...

Congressman Jefferson refused for weeks to voluntarily remove himself from this powerful House committee, rounded up the House Democrats' Black Caucus to defend him, and played the race card---all in a last ditch effort to hold on to that coveted committee seat.

While he has been involuntarily removed from his committee post, he refuses to step down from his Congressional seat. Even though it's widely known that the F.B.I. has him on tape accepting what is alleged to be a bribe and found $90K in cash stuffed into frozen food packages and stored in his home freezer.

Although not yet having to face a federal Grand Jury or be indicted, Jefferson's known actions and his alleged actions are enough to bring dishonor to the House of Representatives and bring the taint of corruption to his fellow Democrats in Congress. At the same time alleged actions of other Democrat Representatives, Allan Mollohan and Bill McDermott, and at least one Democrat Senator, Minority Leader Harry Reid, have been called into question as to suspected ethics violations and/or corruption.

And then there's Democrat Rep. Patrick Kennedy who just pled guilty to a DUI, while skating on reckless driving, running over a government barrier, and lying to police officers. Not to forget Democrat Rep. Cynthia McKinney, whose recent assault on a Capitol police officer is still before a Grand Jury.

If this had been former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay filmed taking an alleged bribe and found to have stashed $90K in his freezer, the entire Democrat Party, The New York Times, and the rest of the hard-left mainstream media would have been all over him like white on rice. They would have crucified him. But they're quiet as church-mice about the Democrat crowd mentioned above.

It's strange bordering on outright weird that the Democrats and MSM have such a high tolerance for ethics violations, law-breaking, corruption or falls from grace by the likes of Democrats Bill Clinton and William Jefferson, when they have zero tolerance for even the faintest slight or perceived failing of any Republican. When it comes to Republicans, they eagerly engage in political opposition research, smearing, and all manner of piling on.

Yet, they call themselves the party against corruption.

More about this below and here.
"Rep. Jefferson Ousted from House Committee"

"The House stripped embattled Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of his committee seat on Friday, one day after Democrats recommended taking action against the Louisiana lawmaker ensnared in a bribery scandal.

The move came without debate or dissent, and capped an election-year effort by House Democrats to seize the political high ground on the issue of lawmaker ethics.

The action came after Jefferson refused to step aside voluntarily from the House Ways and Means Committee until the corruption probe was completed. The drive to remove him from the committee, led by the Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, sparked protests by black lawmakers who said Jefferson was being singled out unfairly...

On Thursday night, Democrats voted 99-58 to strip Jefferson of his seat on the Ways and Means Committee, with jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare and more...

Jefferson has not been indicted and maintains his innocence, although two men have been convicted in the probe and the FBI says it found $90,000 in bribe money in a food freezer in the congressman's home..."

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