Pelosi’s one-sentence missive to Jefferson called on him to vacate his committee seat "in the interest of upholding the high ethical standard of the House Democratic Caucus."
Jefferson promptly refused, calling her request "discriminatory" and "unprecedented," and suggested that she was employing a double standard by failing to ask other lawmakers facing ethics questions to relinquish their committee assignments. Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) has come under fire for earmarks he secured through his seat on the Appropriations Committee.
"I will not give up a committee assignment that is so vital to New Orleans at this crucial time for any uncertain political strategy," Jefferson said.
The Jefferson scandal, which after more than a year of investigation blew open Saturday with an FBI raid at his congressional office, has brought into glaring public light long-standing resentments felt by black lawmakers toward the Democratic leadership in the House.
I guess they are proud of their reputation. I happened to work back in the day for a fellow named William Clay in St. Louis, in an eventually successful political career that established this fraud as one of the biggest crooks in Congress.
The ex-head of Fannie Mae, a bachelor buddy of Bill Clinton named Franklin Raines, peculated about $50 million in questionable bonuses during his tenure, most by manipulating numbers.
Two more examples of Democratic Corruption, the Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name, at least in the Mainstream Media! And it is discriminatory to prosecute Congresspeople, because they are above the laws they cobble together for the rest of us poor peons.
Democrats like Kennedy, McKinney, Mollohan, Jefferson come immediately to mind when Jay Leno brings down the House [I mean house] every night with gags about Kennedys in bars and McKinney's hairdos. "Cold Cash" and "Frozen Assets" are just the tip of the Big Lie the Dems are trying to make the centerpiece of their 2006 elections.