View Full Version : I'm surprised it took them this long.

08-02-2010, 05:37 AM
It appears that the scoundrels have been caught red handed and the only card they have left to play is the race card.

The hilarity begins with the realization that the card will be played against their own party.

I have to give Pelosi and company some credit here as the CBC has been a corrupt group for quite a bit. They apparently have become so emboldened by the republichickens unwillingness to have the race card played against for prosecuting the gangstas that they believed they could operate with absolute impunity.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny over allegations of ethical or criminal wrongdoing than their white colleagues. ...

The question of whether black lawmakers are now being singled out for scrutiny has been simmering throughout the 111th Congress, with the Office of Congressional Ethics a focal point of the concerns. At one point earlier this year, all eight lawmakers under formal investigation by the House ethics committee, including Rangel and Waters, were black Democrats. All those investigations originated with the OCE, which can make recommendations — but take no final actions — on such cases.

There’s a “dual standard, one for most members and one for African-Americans,” said one member of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...

Both trials could start in September unless agreements are reached to end the proceedings, presenting an embattled Democratic majority with the spectacle of two senior black Democrats publicly battling with their colleagues over ethics violations in the midst of the midterm campaigns. ...

Another black lawmaker, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) — a close Rangel confidant — has been caught up in an ongoing Justice Department criminal probe involving some of Queens’s most powerful politicians. Meeks has denied any wrongdoing, and, like Rangel, blamed his problems on the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group.

And Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has come under Justice Department investigation over his role in the Rod Blagojevich scandal. Blagojevich, the impeached Illinois governor, is awaiting a verdict in his trial on a host of federal corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to “sell” the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after he was elected president. The then-governor was taped shortly before his arrest telling his chief of staff that a Jackson fundraiser had offered to raise $1.5 million for Blagojevich’s reelection campaign if the congressman were appointed to the Senate seat. Jackson has vehemently denied any impropriety.

Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), the only African-American in the Senate, was admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee last Nov. for making "incorrect, inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information" over his appointment by Blagojevich to Obama's seat." ...

“A lot of people have been raising concerns [about the OCE], and I support them,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told The Hill newspaper in October. “At some point in the not-so-distant future, these concerns will have to be addressed.”

In May, Rep. Marcia Fudge, a black Democrat from Ohio, and 19 other members of the CBC introduced a resolution to rein in the office, created in 2008 as part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drive to reduce corruption in Congress. ...

“House Democrats are paying a price for OCE’s focus on black lawmakers,” added a Democratic insider close to House leaders. “But that doesn’t change the fact that voters are going to see two African-Americans on trial in the House while they see no action against white members with ethical problems.”

The racism charge, though, was rejected by Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, an ethics watchdog group, even as she acknowledged the current situation is bound to anger black lawmakers.

“There are ethics problems within the CBC,” she said. “They have to acknowledge that.”

Sloan noted that several white lawmakers, including Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), are currently under investigation by federal and congressional investigators. ...

Two other white lawmakers, Reps. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.), resigned this year under ethical clouds. Massa left Congress after POLITICO reported he was under investigation by the ethics committee for sexually harassing male staffers, while Sounder quickly departed after admitting a long-running extramartial affair with a part-time aide. The findings from the Massa investigation have yet to be released by the ethics panel, although Massa is no longer within their jurisdiction. ...

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08-02-2010, 08:06 PM

08-03-2010, 05:36 AM
Those who live by the race card also die by the race card.