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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

So, did DeLay have his money at home,too?

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Representative William J. Jefferson, who has
been accused of taking bribes, held a news
conference Monday to deny any wrongdoing.

For Democrats, a Scandal of Their Own

Published: May 23, 2006

WASHINGTON, May 22 — Democrats' plans to make Republican corruption a theme of their election strategy this year have been complicated by accusations of wrongdoing in their own ranks, leading the party to try on Monday to blunt the political effects of the unfolding case against Representative William J. Jefferson.

Representative William J. Jefferson, who has been accused of taking bribes, held a news conference Monday to deny any wrongdoing.

Democratic leaders sought to distance the party from Mr. Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who has been accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. In doing that, the leaders tried to draw a distinction between the accusations against him and what they said was a much broader pattern among Republicans of trading legislative influence for campaign donations, trips and other perks.

Mr. Jefferson appeared on Capitol Hill to deny any wrongdoing. Facing a bank of television cameras down the hall from his Congressional office, which was raided by federal agents on Saturday night, Mr. Jefferson said that he would not resign and that he expected to be cleared.

In court documents made public on Sunday, the F.B.I. said Mr. Jefferson had taken bribes to help a small technology company win federal contracts and to help it with business deals in Africa. The F.B.I. said he had concealed $90,000 from the scheme in the freezer of his home in Washington.

Oh, come on, the guy backed up a Deuce and a half during Katrina to remove suitcases, from his house and was caught on Nightline. It's New Orleans, the land of corruption. Anyone thinks is the same as the organized corruption of DeLay and friends is kidding themelves. he was just a grifter on the make.

But I'll never forget how he placed his greed over the safety of people in New Orleans.

posted by Steve @ 1:26:00 AM

1:26:00 AM

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