It should come as no surprise to long time readers of this blog (or even first timers) that I am an extremely liberal guy.
But liberal does not equal partisan hack.
Case in point, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve made much mention (at least not lately) regarding a certain Louisiana Democrat, a man known as William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson. And it’s about time that I do.
U.S. Rep. William Jefferson pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of soliciting more than $500,000 in bribes while using his office to broker business deals in Africa.
Jefferson, D-La., said he understood the charges during the federal court hearing. He was released on $100,000 (â‚¬74,900) unsecured bond.
“I am absolutely innocent of the charges that have been leveled against me,” Jefferson said afterward. “I’m going to fight my heart out to clear my name.”
I heard the man speaking on the radio yesterday, and he said that he’d “sell every stick of furniture in our home” to clear his name. Source: usatoday.com.
I hope he’s got one hell of a lot of furniture.
This is a problem. I was motivated to vote for Democrats, and against Republicans, in the last election by corruption issues as much as anything else. And this guy stinks to high heaven.
Youâ€™re going to have a hard time convincing me of why that $90,000 in cash found in his freezer. The whole thing gives the phrase “cold hard cash” a bad rap. And Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m not the only person who was voting against the storied Abramoff/Delay culture of corruption last time out. The Democrats cannot let this man put a black eye in the gang.
For months, the Louisiana Democrat’s mounting legal peril has bedeviled Democrats as they sought first to point to corruption as a tool to oust Republicans from control of Congress, then pressed for ethics and lobbying changes that they said would usher in a new era of clean politics on Capitol Hill. For every thrust Democrats made against the GOP, Republicans parried with Jefferson, saying problems in Congress were bipartisan.
Heâ€™s got to go. I don’t know how, but I do know when: Immediately.by