Skip to comments.Jefferson suspension - Blacks should leave the Democratic Party
Posted on 06/19/2006 8:20:11 PM PDT by LdSentinalEdited on 06/20/2006 5:44:18 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
WASHINGTON (BNW) If there were ever a reason for Blacks to leave the Democratic Party, the time is now, because House Democrats voted Thursday evening to suspend a Black member, Rep. William Jefferson from his seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Unshaken by both his own argument that the sanction was unfair and complaints from other Black lawmakers that he was the victim of a double standard, white Democrats kicked that [snip] in the ass.
We need to start our own party, The Black Party, and let the Democratic Party find some new suckers to mistreat. What have they done for US lately? They appear to care more about the plight of the illegal immigrants that the Blacks who vote for them every time with no payback.
The full House will have to approve the suspension before it can go into effect. Jefferson now plans to take his fight to the House floor, according to his spokeswoman, Melanie Roussell.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushed her colleagues to vote to suspend Jefferson -- mired in a federal bribery probe -- after he rebuffed her requests to step down voluntarily from the panel. She also rejected a last-minute offer from Jefferson to step down on the condition that he be replaced by another Louisiana lawmaker.
"It's very sad. But our House Democratic Caucus is determined to uphold a high ethical standard. We said it, and now we are doing it," Pelosi said after the vote. "This isn't about proof in a court of law. It's about an ethical standard ... what is acceptable public behavior for a public servant."
"Passing judgment on your peers is very, very difficult. But it's necessary."
But after the vote, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Mel Watt of North Carolina, said the suspension was based on "political expediency" rather than House rules, warning that it "could have consequences" for Democrats among black voters.
"We believe our constituents will import their own interpretation into this, and a number of them will import that there's a different standard in our caucus based on race," Watt said, though he added, "None of us are saying that. I'm not saying that."
Jefferson addressed his fellow Democrats near the beginning of Thursday's caucus meeting, which stretched more than three hours. He said he told them his removal from the committee would be unprecedented and unfair because the caucus' disciplinary rules do not provide for suspension of a member who has not been indicted.
"I simply asked the members of the caucus to put themselves my shoes, to imagine themselves standing where I was standing and to ask whether it would be deemed by them to be fair, " the New Orleans lawmaker told reporters.
"It is not right for the people I represent. ... It would deprive my folks of a chance to have their voices continue to be heard and their problems continue to be addressed."
But the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, said that under the rules, the Democrats' steering committee -- which recommended Jefferson's suspension last week -- has the authority to initiate changes in the membership of committees.
The motion to suspend Jefferson, taken by secret ballot behind closed doors, passed by a vote of 99 to 58. However, it failed to capture a majority among the 201 Democrats in the House because at least 44 of them did not vote.
The caucus decision was announced by Clyburn, who is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. He said lawmakers who did not vote were likely caught up in debate on the floor or in other committee meetings.
Clyburn described the tone of the debate as "very, very civil."
"There was no anger," he said. "Nobody relishes this."
After addressing his colleagues, Jefferson left while they debated. He later briefly returned to the room, shortly before the decision was announced, then brushed by the assembled reporters without comment.
Jefferson is the subject of a criminal probe into allegations he accepted bribes in return for using his office to facilitate business ventures in Africa. In court documents, prosecutors said $90,000 in cash was found in the freezer of his Washington house when it was searched last summer
He has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime. However, a Kentucky businessman and a former Jefferson staffer have both pleaded guilty to corruption charges and agreed to cooperate with investigators.
The allegations against Jefferson present a wrinkle for House Democrats, who, as part of their mid-term election strategy, have been criticizing what they contend are ethical lapses by Republicans. Last month, just days after his Capitol Hill office was searched by the FBI, Pelosi asked Jefferson to step aside from Ways and Means, a powerful committee that oversees tax legislation.
Always a double standard?
Some CBC members charged Pelosi was applying a double standard in seeking the suspension of Jefferson, who is black, while allowing a white Democrat also under investigation, Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia, to keep his seat on the equally powerful Appropriations Committee.
Mollohan, whose personal finances are being investigated after a complaint filed by a conservative group, did step down voluntarily from his assignment on the House Ethics Committee, pending resolution of the probe.
But Pelosi said Thursday evening that there was a "big difference" between the two cases, given the two guilty pleas in the Jefferson case and "very incriminating allegations."
"I told all of my colleagues, anybody with $90,000 in your freezer, you have a problem with this caucus," she said.
On Wednesday, Jefferson sent a letter to Pelosi offering to step down from the committee on two conditions -- that she require any other Democratic lawmaker under investigation by the Justice Department to do the same and that she replace him with Rep. Charles Melancon, who represents an adjacent Louisiana district, in order to protect the interests of his constituents.
According to Jefferson, Pelosi rejected the offer shortly before Thursday's caucus meeting.
Jefferson, 59, is serving his eighth term representing Louisiana's 2nd District, a majority black, solidly Democratic district that takes in much of the city of New Orleans, along with some suburban areas. When he was elected in 1990, Jefferson became the first black congressman from the Pelican State since Reconstruction.
The FBI's search of his office on May 20 set off a tempest between the Justice Department and angry House leaders from both parties, who contend it was an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.
President Bush later ordered the materials to be held by the solicitor general's office for 45 days, giving the Justice Department and the House time to try to resolve the impasse.
As a black man, I welcome this nonsense. It's almost as ridiculous as Michael Jackson's hopes that his conviction would set off rioting in Los Angeles, and might make people start using their brains regarding racial issues instead of jerking their knees.
I knew it wouldn't be long before someone noticed that illegals have supplanted the blacks as the dems' favored victim-class.
I'm starting to think Bush did the right things by allowing the 45 day cooling off period.. watch the democrats eat their own
I searced for 30 minutes, looking for an e-mail address for the chickensh!t author of this crap....no luck.
Not surprising that she, or any of their ilk, would hide.
Sinclere Lee, author of this trash, and Jesse Pimp Daddy are peas in a pod........
with no payback......ummmmmm.....what is it, exactly, S. Lee that you think you are "owed", and by whom?
Time to change political parties?
"We need to start our own party, The Black Party, and let the Democratic Party find some new suckers to mistreat."
Yes. Please do.
It will take the Rats at least 10-15 years to convince all the illegals to make the effort to actually go vote.
Until then, it will be all Republicans in the White House and Congress.
1) How come an African American magazine can use the word "nigger" without consequence?
2) Jefferson is a worm who got caught red-handed, but I kinda agree with his complaint re the double-standard. Gary Condut was not forced to resign any positions or commitees, and he was being investigated for murder.
You betcha they have! In the now timely words of the late Richard Prior: "Yeah, they done got them some new Niggahs!
Now THAT'S funny!
Good to see you, old friend. Stay well.............FRegards
If I were a Black I would be terrified at the thought of ILLEGAL aliens. Hispanic Political power will put the Black politicians not at the back of the bus but off the bus. Blacks in the US don't know how well off they are, they will find out as Hispanics gain political control.
Yessssss ... start your own party. That's the ticket.
---Unshaken by both his own argument that the sanction was unfair and complaints from other Black lawmakers that he was the victim of a double standard, white Democrats kicked that Nigger in the ass.
We need to start our own party, The Black Party, and let the Democratic Party find some new suckers to mistreat. ---
I'm in 100% agreement! :^)
The same way I can call Norwegians blond-haired simple-minded farmhands (evidently we never merited the creation of a single-word derogatory moniker). Just don't let me catch any of the rest of you dissin' my peeps.
This is exactly what happens when you give 90% of your vote to one party, no matter what. You get taken for granted.
It all started with the civil rights struggle. Blacks were rightfully demanding rights that all Americans are entitled to. Blacks were beginning to integrate into American society, as other immigrants have done in the past.
Then LBJ implemented his 'great society.'
To this day, I think LBJ did this to punish the blacks (and as a result, Republicans) for the civil rights movement.
That website is so crude I'm having a hard time believing it's on the level. An Aryan Brotherhood disinformation campaign perhaps?
On the other hand, blacks that listen to Bill Cosby should leave the Rat party. There's plenty of room and common values over at the Pubbies.
Smart blacks already have left the democrat party..
DUMB blacks have not..
Any people that could invent lefse and lutefisk cannot be simple-minded! Then again...
Don't get yer hopes up. The "Niggers" won't leave the Democrat Party unless they're kicked out.
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