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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Once More, Kline Votes to Sweep Corruption Under the Rug

Reader K.W. calls out a little-noticed vote which took place in Congress on March 30:

Less than 24 hours after disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to 70 months in prison for fraud committed in connection with the purchase of a casino cruise line in Florida, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered a privileged resolution today calling for an immediate investigation into Abramoff's ties to members of Congress and staffers.

The vote was not to pass this resolution, but to table it. Much to the surprise of no one, the resolution was indeed tabled by a vote of 216-193. Six Republicans joined 186 Democrats and Bernie Sanders in voting to do the right thing; none of them were John Kline.

Kline and 215 other Republicans voted against investigating Abramoff's ties to Congress. That new majority leader, John Boehner, really is a breath of fresh air, isn't he?

And for the record, when NRCC communications director Carl Forti said "[Pelosi] would 'not make a big deal' out of a Democrat Member attacking a police officer, she refuses to condemn Rep. Jefferson amid his bribery scandal, and she has remained silent on his staff's charges that Mr. Conyers forced them to work on his wife's campaign," he's partly right. While I don't know anything about Conyers and his wife, and while Cynthia McKinney's behavior is more bizarre than unethical, William Jefferson is a disgrace to the Democrats, and should be dumped overboard. Pelosi and the national party can't expect Americans to accept the Democrats as the party of reform if they aren't even willing to discipline their own members.


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