Democrats Announce Hastert as Next Target

Earlier today, Velvet, a group of 120 progressive organizations and democratic groups, put out a press release offering:

A reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of officials involved in the following three incidents:

1) The illegal outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame
2) The illegal payment of bribes to Congressman Dennis Hastert
3) The rigging of the 2004 Presidential election in Ohio.

Here are a few of the Democratic Groups involved with Velvet Revolution:

Democrats Abroad
Democrat Meetup
The Dean Democrat Club of Silicon Valley
Arizona Progressive Democrats of America
Liberal Forum (online meeting place for liberals, progressives, democrats, greens, leftists, and socialists)
Summit County Progressive Democrats
Radio Left
True Blue Liberal
Heartland Democrats of America
Global Exchange

I don’t know the legality of this announcement and action by Velvet Revolution. I do know that earlier this year a Republican offered a similar reward for information on the Democratic Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley, and there was an uproar in the media:

Mayor Richard Daley assailed the head of the Cook County Republican Party on Wednesday for offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Daley’s indictment and conviction.

The Daley administration has taken a hit lately as federal prosecutors have widened their investigation of City Hall to include its hiring practices. The Democratic mayor has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Daley called Cook County Republican Party Chairman Gary Skoien’s reward idea “deeply offensive” and “completely over the top.”

“These are challenging, difficult times. But no one, no one, whether in public life or anyone, ever should put a bounty on someone else’s head,” Daley said. “That stunt was below the belt.”

The reward offer follows last week’s announcement by federal prosecutors that they had charged two City Hall officials with rigging the city’s hiring system to flout a court order that bars City Hall from considering politics when filling most city jobs.

I wonder if the media will have similar outrage at the reward offer for Representative Hastert, who is not being investigated for a crime that I am aware of, as they did about Mayor Daley, who has been plagued by scandal this past year.

After the absurd indictment and character assassination against House Leader Tom Delay this week, the flimsy accusations against Senate Majority Leader Frist, and now this announcement today targeting House Speaker Hastert, the Democrats are not even attempting to hide their agenda of smeer tactics at any cost (up to and including $100,000!) against their Republican opponents.

I wonder how well this would play out with the American public if they knew this was happening, especially considering the attacks this week on the other Republican Leaders?

Update: I am glad to see that GOPinion is also carrying the “Hunting Hastert” story.

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