Signs of Implosion in the Democratic Party
What is it with Democrats?
Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) denied numerous times that he was guilty of bribery. Jefferson even held a press conference claiming his innocence less than one week before news broke that he was videotaped taking a bribe of $100,000! Then the next day news broke that he stashed $90,000 of that bribe wrapped in foil in his freezer! Jefferson was freezer burned!
Yesterday, in a surprise move since guilty Democrats rarely, if ever, remove themselves from office (see Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton), Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi invited Jefferson to step down from his high level position on the Ways and Means Committee,… not from Congress, just from the committee.
Jefferson declined her invitation:
“With respect, I decline to do so,” he wrote back to Pelosi.”I will not give up a committee assignment that is so vital to New Orleans at this crucial time for any uncertain, long-term political strategy.”
This was a very bold move by Representative Pelosi. In fact, it was so bold of a move that Nancy Pelosi started a revolt within the democratic ranks for her blatant discrimination!
Outraged that one of its members was being picked on even though he has not been charged with a crime, the Congressional Black Caucus had intended to issue a defiant statement against their leader but agreed after the meeting to pause, at least briefly, for reflection.
Earlier this week, Pelosi approached Jefferson and told him that she thought he should resign, according to a Democratic aide. Later, at the Democratic caucus meeting yesterday morning, she took him into a side room and told him that she had prepared a letter calling on him to resign the committee seat and that she would allow him one hour to withdraw gracefully before she sent it, according to the aide. In both instances, Jefferson remained defiant.
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.
Congressional Black Caucus members are planning to meet with Pelosi today.
Jefferson is planning on staying put.
The corruption party rolls on.
This is a sick bunch.
La Shawn Barber is having fun.