Another Democratic Scandal?
I was watching the local news with bated breath, waiting for more information on what may be the latest local Democrat scandal, hopefully bigger than Cleo Fields being caught on tape accepting a bribe. I had to wait through stories on the murder of a local convenience store clerk and how many troops died in Iraq today, which segued into the story of one troop who lost his life in Iraq who was from around here, which also took the standard party line. His parents said, "He felt like terror needed to be stopped... and there were good Iraqi people who wanted us there... and that it was the right thing to do..." but the reporter said that the family has serious doubts about our policy in Iraq, and cut back to them questioning whether or not it is a quagmire. (Just to clarify: their son who was actually IN Iraq said it was worth doing and he was proud and glad to be there. But the family and the reporter, having never been to Iraq, are privy to better information than the Marine in his second tour stationed there had, and are now GWOT or GSAVE policy experts. Riiight. That's why troops in Iraq have such a high re-enlistment rate.)
Finally, grudgingly, they get to William Jefferson, D-LA, who was subject to searches of his homes and car as part of a federal criminal investigation. Jefferson is an 8 term Democrat, and has been mentioned in several scandals, from the Edwin Edwards/Cleo Fields bribe to when his brother in law, a former state judge, was recently convicted of mail fraud in a bail-bond corruption investigation. Total reporting on this topic took maybe two minutes. None of this is shocking in the least - a Democrat is investigated for corruption and the media doesn't want to talk about it - but Jefferson's seat is extremely secure. IF he needs to be replaced, doubtless Governor Blanco (D), back from another controversial trip to Cuba, will appoint a Democrat, but without 8 terms of incumbency, that Democrat will probably have a much tighter race in 2006.
UPDATE: the 6 o'clock news had an additional minute and a half, commenting on the unusual move of including his car in the search warrant, and speculating that perhaps the Feds had a tap on his cell phone, or had some other specific reason to want to search his car.
Posted by Laura Curtis at August 4, 2005 05:43 PM
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