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Ethics battle a test for Pelosi - Democrats to vote on taking colleague off key committee
San Francisco Chroncicle ^ | 6/9/6 | Edward Epstein

Posted on 06/09/2006 11:25:07 PM PDT by SmithL

Washington -- House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi's bid to temporarily remove embattled Democratic Rep. William Jefferson from the powerful Ways and Means Committee while he remains the subject of a federal corruption investigation is headed for a showdown next week.

The Democratic leader from San Francisco views the scandal involving Jefferson as undercutting her election-year message that the Republicans who control the House have produced "a culture of corruption." Her bid to remove the eight-term Louisianan from the committee, even temporarily while the investigation continues, has become a key test of her leadership as the Democrats seek 15 seats in November to retake a majority in the House.

Jefferson maintains his innocence, even though two former associates have pleaded guilty to bribing him, and has refused to step down. He has the support of some leaders of the 43-member Congressional Black Caucus who feel that Jefferson is being singled out because he is African American, a charge Pelosi vigorously rejects.

Pelosi first publicly pressed Jefferson to step aside from the powerful committee, which deals with taxation and trade, before Memorial Day. On Wednesday, the House Democratic Steering Committee, run by Pelosi, voted to remove Jefferson from his committee post. The full Democratic House caucus is scheduled to vote on the action Thursday.

The Black Caucus resolution backing Jefferson said he is entitled to a presumption of innocence and hasn't even been indicted yet. The FBI reportedly has videotape of Jefferson accepting $100,000 from an informant, and $90,000 of the marked money was seized from a freezer in Jefferson's New Orleans home during a court-authorized search.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; congress; cultureofcorruption; jefferson; pelosi; williamjefferson
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Get your popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show.
1 posted on 06/09/2006 11:25:10 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

rush was brilliant today in taking the congressional black caucus' side on this issue, exposing once again the liberal elite for what they are.


2 posted on 06/09/2006 11:30:39 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: SmithL

Pelosi and her cronies are impotent, shriveling whiners that are getting shouted down by the real masters of the party who REALLY play the race card. It is fun to watch. I can hardly wait until she throws up her hands, gets down on her knees, and asks what she can do for them.


3 posted on 06/09/2006 11:33:40 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: SmithL

It's going to be a bumpy night/day/week/month/session ;-)


4 posted on 06/09/2006 11:33:53 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: SmithL

so if she removes a democratic criminal congressman then she can go ahead to accuse the Republicans of being"a culture of corruption." !!! huh??


5 posted on 06/09/2006 11:35:35 PM PDT by seastay
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Yep, it looks like we're going to get some entertaining fireworks this coming week. It'll involve more than just Pelosi and the CBC too, Murtha's already put his iron in the fire. Wonder how many others will get into it?


6 posted on 06/09/2006 11:35:45 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: JohnLongIsland
rush was brilliant today in taking the congressional black caucus' side

Well he's right. Instead of making blacks ride in the back of the bus, Democrats are always throwing them UNDER the bus.

7 posted on 06/09/2006 11:36:10 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Build the fence. Sí, Se Puede!)
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To: SmithL
I don't like the Democrat party and do feel they went way far left, but we need two parties that are healthy or we will get Republicans doing more crazy spending thinking there are no consequences to their actions at the voting booth.

That being said, I hope she does remove him and that the Democrat party does not leave the congressman in power during an investigation.

I don't want the Democrat party strong, but I don't want it so messed up that the Republicans get weak either.
8 posted on 06/09/2006 11:40:44 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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"He has the support of some leaders of the 43-member Congressional Black Caucus who feel that Jefferson is being singled out because he is African American..."

Yeah. All the democrats, white and black keep $90,000 in their freezers.

But they picked on this poor black guy. Yeah.


9 posted on 06/09/2006 11:46:11 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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Ethics battle a test for Pelosi

Oh, they screwed up the title. Ethics battle a test for Pelosi. Much better.
10 posted on 06/09/2006 11:46:41 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: A CA Guy
Big talk from the big mouths just as they leave DC for vacation.

yitbos

11 posted on 06/09/2006 11:47:07 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: SmithL

Nancy Pelosi failed the "ethics test" when she was elected minority House speaker. Flush with extra campaign cash, she bought enough votes to win by contributing to the campaign funds of dozens of Democrat congresspeople. As I recall, she was fined about $70,000 by the FEC for her violation of ethics and federal election law. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee, a far more moderate and diplomatic voice than Pelosi, also ran for House leader but didn't stand a chance against her sleazy tactics.


12 posted on 06/09/2006 11:48:36 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: bruinbirdman

True!


13 posted on 06/09/2006 11:49:39 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: SmithL
My mind changes almost daily on whether or not the Dems will take over in November, but I keep coming back to things like this. The Dems simply are not ready for prime time. They made a possibly fatal error early this year when they announced they would take no position on the war. A major political party that doesn't take a position on a war the country is involved with is not a party of thinking adults.

The Dems strategy has been to sit on the sidelines and do nothing to offend any of its constituents, and hope the Republicans self-destruct. They may have been lulled into thinking that was possible when they observed the Miers SNAFU; the Dubai non-story only added to this feeling, as does the illegal immigration ruckus. But where have the Democrats been in this current debate? Again, sitting on the sidelines. They are behaving with their eyes on election day. They are not behaving as potential leaders. And THAT may prove fatal. The special elections and primaries so far this year sure aren't pointing to their posture as having any early success.

The Dems are acting according to a strategy based on polls and focus groups, not according to the impulses a dynamic, enthused party with a core of values behaves. They're playing poker while the Republicans are wild game hunting. (Cheney pun not intended)

14 posted on 06/09/2006 11:51:11 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: SmithL
Pelosi can NEVER again utter the phrase "culture of corruption" without drawing attention DIRECTLY to the Democrats...

The Democrats have NO POLICY requiring a member indicted to step down. The Republicans do..

ALL the KNOWN crooks, scofflaws, public drunks, racist bitches who assault officers, suspect rapists, drunken drivers who leave girls to suffocate in submerged cars while they spend the night getting sober and concocting a "story" --- still in Congress, are ALL DEMOCRATS...

Surprise Surprise!

Semper Fi
15 posted on 06/09/2006 11:52:47 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: SmithL

Talk about a separation of powers. This is too cool.


16 posted on 06/09/2006 11:59:10 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: SmithL
An excerpt from the article:

". . . If the full 201-member Democratic caucus votes to remove Jefferson from the committee and he still refuses to accede, the matter would go before the full House. That would put Republicans in the position of being able to decide whether a Democrat accused of corruption could keep his committee assignment.

The Republicans, smarting over their own corruption scandals, probably would be only too happy to see the House debate a Democrat's alleged corruption.

On the other hand, Pelosi and her supporters could use such a floor debate to show she is serious about not tolerating corrupt behavior.
"

Let's see, if it goes before the full house, then according to House rules, the majority party gets to set the terms for the debate.

Ohhhhhhhh yeah!
17 posted on 06/10/2006 12:00:20 AM PDT by StJacques
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That would put Republicans in the position of being able to decide whether a Democrat accused of corruption could keep his committee assignment.



Keep his committee assignment!? If he is guilty then he should be expelled from the House period.


18 posted on 06/10/2006 12:53:05 AM PDT by old republic
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To: SmithL

Trouble in the evil donkey's barn, how nice to watch.


19 posted on 06/10/2006 4:47:18 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer: Fighting to save America from Hillary Clinton..)
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To: old republic

"Washington -- House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi's bid to temporarily remove embattled Democratic Rep. William Jefferson from the powerful Ways and Means Committee while he remains the subject of a federal corruption investigation is headed for a showdown next week. "

This is strategery on Pelosi's part. She wants this in front of the nation so she can show everyone how the Democrats are tough on corruption.

It is just a question of what under the table guarantees the CBC will get to convince Jefferson to leave. My bet is a not-guilty verdict followed by either a teaching stint at LSU or a lobbyist job.


20 posted on 06/10/2006 4:48:22 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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