Not to pile onto William Jefferson (D, LA-2) (Super-delegate*)...

...Oh, by the way? In his *FREEZER.*

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...Constant Reader Vladimir is covering the latest controversy between Jefferson and the government. But guess what? Yup, the net's been cast wider (via Instapundit):

Indicted: 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson
by Gordon Russell and David Hammer, The Times-Picayune

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced this afternoon that 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson, an elder sister of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, has been indicted on a host of fraud-related charges by a federal grand jury. Also indicted were Jefferson's daughter, Angela Coleman, and her brother, the previously indicted Mose Jefferson.

The charges are the culmination of a probe into charities run by members of the Jefferson family and their allies. In a rare move, the FBI announced it was investigating the nonprofits after a 2006 Times-Picayune story revealed apparent self-dealing at them.

And yes, before you ask: I know that the Democratic Party doesn't actually give a tinker's dam about civic corruption unless they can hang it around a Republican's neck. Jefferson's continuing place in the House Caucus is proof enough of that. But it does make me feel better, at least, to note this sort of thing.

Moe Lane

*Senator Obama, of course: Senator Clinton has more sense. She certainly has more than the DNC, given that they're letting him have a vote in their Presidential selection process.

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"Of this notorious family, four members in particular are remembered, if only vaguely, as remarkable examples of greed and evil."

I betcha the Grand kids have control of the nieghborhood Lunch Money racket.

"As the beacon and arsenal of liberty in the world we will always be the target of evil men, as we are all that stands in the way of a new dark age."....gamecock

The hits just KEEP on coming!

Best. Election. Ever.

Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated. -- IMAO

I'm new here, but what the heck - I'll bite.

Most of us care quite a lot about civic corruption and the accountability of our elected public officials, regardless of party affiliation. I sincerely hope that in the event that William Jefferson is found guilty of any wrong doing that congress will act swiftly to relieve him of his responsibilities there, just as I'm sure you'll be equally comforted should the same be true of Stevens. Or Renzi. Or Young. Or Calvert. Or Feeney Or...


From the start.

When's the last time you presumed to lecture a Lefty site likewise?

When's the first time you presumed to lecture a Lefty site likewise?

:raising hand: If you haven't, then please: don't bother answering.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

Actually, this is close enough to my first blog comment ever to my second. How am I doing so far? If I *haven't* lectured to a Lefty site likewise, is my credibility shot? I might have missed the must raise hand part in the rules.

Glad to hear the site has been forthrightly against corruption.


...whose willingness to show moral outrage is inversely proportional to the amount of social awkwardness that it might provide him/her.

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Moe Lane

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

It takes going back several years (five, actually), to find MSM articles on Republicans actually indicted. They would include Tom Delay, Mark Siljander, Rick Renzi, Ernie Fletcher, George Hanren, and George Ryan ... All are either US Representatives or State Governors ... a few more aides and contributors have been indicted.

I sympathize particularly with Tom Delay, as it took three shots at Grand Juries to get an indictment (the first two just couldn't do it).

Nothing compares to the House banking scandal of 1992, in which Democrats were indicted 18:4 over Republicans, and left Congress 13:1. The next session, Dan Rostenkowski (D, IL) had to leave under similar terms (he just stole stamps ... tens of thousands of them).

But voters have to ask the question: "Why do we keep voting these crooks back into office?"

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) – According to complaints released by the House Ethics Committee recently, aides to Representative John Conyers (D-MI) alleged their former boss repeatedly violated House ethics rules, forcing them to serve as his personal servants, valets, and as campaign staff while on the government payroll.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) – In May 2006, Kennedy crashed his car into a Capitol Hill barricade at nearly 3 a.m. in the morning. Kennedy blamed the incident on a reaction to prescription pills, but officers at the scene said he smelled of alcohol. Nonetheless, they escorted him home rather than arresting him.

Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) – McKinney assaulted a Capitol Hill police officer in April after refusing to go through a metal detector. While McKinney was never forced to answer in a court of law for her behavior, she lost her bid for re-election in 2006.

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) – Iraq war critic John Murtha was incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s first choice for House Majority Leader despite the ethical skeletons in his closet. Murtha is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1980 “Abscam” scandal, which included the arrest and convictions of a senator and six congressmen. Murtha, whose current ethics continue to be questioned, lost his bid for Majority Leader to Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) – Hastings is one of only six federal judges to be removed from office through impeachment and has accumulated staggering liabilities ranging from $2,130,006 to $7,350,000. Hastings was “next in line” for Chairmanship of the House Select Committee on Intelligence until a wave of protest forced Nancy Pelosi to select another candidate. Nonetheless, Hastings is expected to continue to serve on the Intelligence Committee.

Rep. William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson (D-LA) – Jefferson is alleged to have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to help broker high-tech business deals in Nigeria. According to press reports, he was also caught on tape discussing the deals, while an FBI search of his home uncovered $90,000 in cash stuffed in his freezer.

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) – Senator Reid came under fire in 2006 for failing to properly report to Congress a $700,000 land deal. Reid also accepted more than $30,000 of Abramoff-tainted money allegedly in return for his ''cooperation'' in matters related Nevada Indian gaming.

Old wily Jefferson should be boxed up with all of this coming out.

If he has any class he will take the heat and save his family?

Jefferson needs to end this, as freezer burn will destroy his retirement package.

Couldn't ahppen to a nicer guy.

Liberals demand more taxpayer funding for underprivileged kids, and then they steal it so they can live like millionaires like other liberals do. Meanwhile, conservatives are hateful racists if they don't approve the funding.

I mentioned to my brother-in-law that it seemed Nagin was incompetent but at least not corrupt. He pointed out this little piece of recent news that seemed to get little notice outside the Crescent City. I stand corrected.

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