Redstate Posse: Rounding Up Democrats Wherever They Hide

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We all know Democrats have their own Culture of Corruption. Easy hits like Murtha's ABSCAM bribery charges which never stuck because he didn't actually "take" the money (yeah, I'll leave the earmarks his District AND his son directly benefit from out of it for now) are getting old. Of course, there's the little matter of William Jefferson who actually DID take the money and hide it in his freezer...and we shouldn't fuss over his Brother, Sister, and Niece now being indicted as well...no-there's just as much fun to be had rounding up the Scandal Scum™ outside the Beltway.

There is a green bubbling Democrat froth on the pond INSIDE the beltway, to be sure, but this week we thought we'd bring you a couple of the seven deadly sins from New Jersey, and from Maryland, and from North Carolina, and a teaser or two from Alabama...just to keep things light and fluffy.

From money laundering, to conspiracy, to bribery and mail fraud, to corruption, to perjury and obstruction of justice, to extortion...with a little sexual harassment thrown in for the easily titillated...and everything in between; Democrats make the Redstate Posse's work long and tedious, but we're sworn to serve...and that's what we'll do.

This week's blotter below the fold...

Let's start with North Carolina, shall we?

Boyce Allen Hudson, D - North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources:

Agri-Ethanol Products of Raleigh, which wanted to build a $220 million ethanol production plant in Beaufort County, had quickly secured a clean air permit. Company officials believed their success with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources had something to do with the bribe they promised Boyce Allen Hudson, a department official nearing the end of his career, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday in a plea hearing for Hudson.
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Hudson pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal extortion and money laundering charges. He agreed to help investigators in a case that U.S. Attorney George Holding said was continuing.

Hudson, 67, is scheduled to be sentenced July 28. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years.

Interestingly, there are a couple sidebar pointers to OTHER Democrat corruption scandals in NC:

JIM BLACK, D - Former North Carolina House speaker is in federal prison after pleading guilty last year to taking thousands in cash payments from chiropractors interested in issues before the legislature.

MICHAEL DECKER, D - Former North Carolina state legislator is in federal prison after pleading guilty last year to selling a vote that helped keep Black in power for a record-tying eight years.

KEVIN GEDDINGS, D - Former North Carolina state lottery commissioner is in federal prison after he was found guilty of fraud when he failed to report thousands in payments from lottery companies on his state ethics form.

FRANK BALLANCE, D - Former North Carolina congressman was sentenced to four years in federal prison in 2005 for funneling roughly $100,000 in public money from an anti-drug nonprofit he founded to his law firm, church and relatives.

MEG SCOTT PHIPPS, D - Former state agriculture commissioner served more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to extortion, mail fraud and conspiracy for her role in the thousands of dollars in illegal cash contributions that state and federal prosecutors said she took from vendors for the State Fair in exchange for favorable contracts.

Wow...the Democrats are real busy over there in the Tar Heel State, but hot off the presses comes this little gem from The First Line State a little to the north in Maryland:

Maryland State Senator Ulysses Currie, D - (Prince George's County)
FBI agents raided the Prince George's County home of one of Maryland's most powerful senators yesterday, as well as the Lanham headquarters of the grocery company that operates Shoppers Food Warehouse.

Agents took file folders from the District Heights residence of Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's), who has served as chairman of the senate's Budget and Taxation Committee since 2002. They also took boxes from the small office building that houses the Shoppers Food and Pharmacy headquarters, where a spokeswoman confirmed that Currie has served as an "outside consultant."
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Currie did not report receiving income from Shoppers in any of his three most recent filings with the State Ethics Commission nor has he ever filed forms with the state indicating that he might face a conflict of interest with legislation dealing with the grocery chain. Under state ethics law, legislators are required to report sources of outside income, including income from consulting activities, and are expected to report even the appearance of a conflict of interest on pending legislation.

Meyer, the spokeswoman for Supervalu, said in response to a question about Currie's employment by the company that he was an "outside consultant." She said his responsibilities included "various consulting operations."

Great gig if you can get it. Be an outside consultant to a business in your district where you can steer legislation that might favor them as a State Senator...and get paid BY them as well. Democrats DO these things? Nah...CAN'T be...but we can't leave NC without mentioning this little gem:

Thomas Wright, D - Former North Carolina State Representative
Linda Daves says Thomas Wright's troubles are not "an isolated incident."

In a statement today, the chairwoman of the N.C. Republican Party said that the former state representative's conviction on three counts of fraud are part of a problem with "entrenched Democrat power" in Raleigh.

Democrats have spent far too much time in courtrooms on the wrong side of justice instead of working for the interests of those who elected them. The fact that Mr. Wright used his position in the General Assembly to commit fraud is unacceptable. The fact that he did so by pocketing funds intended to be used for the benefit of the people of North Carolina is among the most egregious and reprehensible betrayals of the public trust.

She said that Republicans and Democrats should work together to "end the culture of corruption in Raleigh."

Moving on to Alabama and Birmingham's Mayor Langford, we find that the SEC is a little out of sorts over Langford's lust for dollars:

Larry Langford, D - Mayor of Birmingham Alabama
An Alabama investment banker gave more than $156,000 to Mayor Larry P. Langford in undisclosed payments while Mr. Langford was arranging millions of dollars in fees for the banker’s firm, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a lawsuit on Wednesday.

What a great life it is to be a local Democrat politician...the money is awesome.

Up in New Jersey, Orange's Mayor resigned and plead guilty to extortion:

Mims Hackett Jr., D - Mayor of Orange New Jersey
A prominent New Jersey Democrat who had served simultaneously as the mayor of Orange and a state assemblyman pleaded guilty in federal district court Tuesday to one count of attempted extortion.

The official, Mims Hackett Jr., 66, told Judge Jose L. Linares of United States District Court that he accepted a $5,000 bribe last August from someone he thought was an insurance broker in exchange for using the power of his office to help the company obtain more work. But the broker was an informer working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Mr. Hackett now faces a possible term of 18 to 24 months in jail when he is sentenced by Judge Linares on Sept. 15.

“They wanted me to influence one of the officials in the city to help get insurance for the city,” Mr. Hackett said in court Tuesday morning. “They offered that to me, and I accepted.”

Who says money can't buy happiness...err, I mean...power? Of course, over in Passaic, their Mayor was busy pleading guilty to corruption charges:

Samuel Rivera, D - Mayor of Passaic New Jersey
[P]leaded guilty this morning to federal corruption charges and faces up to two years in prison.

Rivera, 61, among 11 public officials caught in a statewide FBI sting last year, pleaded guilty to one count of extortion after being accused of accepting $5,000 in cash from an insurance brokerage firm in exchange for his help getting contracts. The firm turned out to be a front for the FBI.

"Don't worry about it. I'll help you out. I'll help you out," Rivera told an undercover FBI informant last year during one secretly recorded conversation, according to the two-count indictment.

You know, every time I hear a Democrat promise to "help me" I grab for my wallet, but that's just me I guess.

I was going to leave out the Kwame Kilpatrick fiasco, but how could I? The "charismatic hip-hop mayor sporting a diamond stud in his ear" just makes our job here too easy:

Kwame Kilpatrick, D - Mayor of Detroit Michigan
[U]used preacher-style inspirational tools to become one of the youngest big-city mayors in modern history, and he did it by making people believe in themselves and their city. Now, with criminal indictments hanging over his head and the image of serial dishonesty dogging him, the mayor who not long ago embodied Detroit's future is, at the young age of 37, hurtling toward the past tense.

Detroiters, long accustomed to turmoil, are divided over whether Kilpatrick should resign, be bounced from office, go to prison for perjury and obstruction of justice or be allowed to stay in office until the criminal investigation of his office's role in a multimillion-dollar whistle-blower settlement with three former police officers is concluded. But most share a sense of profound disappointment in the hometown phenom they thought they knew, a man who fooled them.

Another episode of "Hope and Change" going to hell in a handbasket...oh well, we'll see what Detroit does with this guy on June 13, and take it from there.

Let's end our first blotter with a high note...one which teaches us that even after a conviction, Democrat scum can retain their public service pension:

Gene Stipe, D - Former Oklahoma State Senator
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a district judge's ruling that ex-Sen. Gene Stipe is entitled to monthly state retirement payments of $7,042.

The board of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System had appealed an Oklahoma County judge's decision reinstating Stipe's full benefits. The pension panel had reduced Stipe's pension to about $1,600 a month after he pleaded guilty to illegally funneling money into a 1998 congressional campaign.

Stipe argued his pension should not have been cut because his plea did not relate to his duties as a legislator.

Stipe resigned from the Senate in 2003. He now is facing several felony counts linked to the use of taxpayer funds for private business ventures in southeast Oklahoma.

Ok, folks...we end with a request from the Redstate Posse. YOU can help us find and shed light on these cockroaches. Just drop us a line and let us know of any stories like these YOU come across...our own little "take a bite out of Democrat crime" watch if you will...sorta like Mcgruff the Crime Dog only we'll be dogging Democrats.

Sherriff Haystack out.

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Doing the work the media refuses to do. One other politician is one that DocJ over at TMR highlighted. Not sure if he was corrupt, per se, but it was definitely weird.



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