Skip to comments.Black Caucus to Nancy Pelosi: Hands Off William Jefferson (timely repeat)
Posted on 10/20/2006 7:01:38 PM PDT by yoe
The Congressional Black Caucus is in open revolt over House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's attempt to discipline Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., after he was caught red handed with $90,000 in alleged bribe money.
And at least one CBC staffer is warning that any move against Jefferson could jeopardize Democrat chances to retake the House this fall.
According to Roll Call, Pelosi checked with key members of the CBC before she told Jefferson on Tuesday that he should resign his post on the House Ways and Means Committee "in the interest of upholding the high ethical standard of the House Democratic Caucus."
Rather than complying, Jefferson defied the top Democrat - and instead accused her of discrimination, arguing that other ethically challenged Democrats faced no such discipline.
Things got uglier on Wednesday when some of the same CBC members who had OK'd the Pelosi putsch changed their minds.
"A members-only CBC lunch meeting produced an emotional consensus that Pelosi had overreached since Jefferson has not been charged with any crimes," said Roll Call.
"One after another, CBC members rallied behind their colleague, arguing that he was being singled out."
"I would say that the people who spoke were very vehement in their opposition," CBC member James Clyburn told the paper.
Jefferson's defenders cited Rep. Alan Mollohan, who was forced to step aside as the ranking member of the ethics committee but permitted to keep his coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.
"There's no precedent for doing this to someone who has not been indicted," complained CBC member Al Wynn.
By late Wednesday, top CBC members, including Charlie Rangel, John Conyers and John Lewis, had informed Pelosi that the entire Black Caucus would publicly oppose any attempt to discipline Jefferson - a move that could severely undermine African American support in this year's mid term election."I think she's taking us down to the point where on Nov. 8 she'll still be the Minority Leader," an aide to a CBC member told Roll Call, in a none too thinly veiled threat.
How is she going to keep this uppity Black Caucus on the Democrat Plantation? Doesn't she understand that all Democrats must be permitted to indulge in crime and corruption, regardless of race, class, or sexual preference?
You should be on the evening news! You are so very right, she knows who she needs to turn to when she needs support.
I thought his indictment was coming soon.
DemocRAT code for, "You can go after THEIR crooked "good old boys" but lay off OUR crooked "good old boys."
Why aren't House Republicans running immoral and corrupt Democrats out of town on the rail? Democrats do it to the Republicans all the time, and they ain't even in power.
...and the dirty get dirtier.
I remember seeing this when it was first posted..
You are SO right...if she can be blackmailed by people in her OWN PARTY....then there is NO way she is strong enough to lead the whole House...let alone the country if something happened to Bush and Cheney!!!
Good idea, reposting this!
You and I would have been indicted long ago for his alleged crimes.
The $90,000 dollars was owed to Jefferson for being black. lets call it reparations. Now if the $90 G's had been placed in the freezer by a Republican white politician it would be a different tune they would be singing..
What a gift. It seems the black/white democratic alliance may be weakening.
It may be time to thaw out the Jefferson stash, and move on up.
AND thats what you call............
Rev. Al and Jesse own this weak-kneed, skinny sister. She is certainly not qualified to be Speaker of the House and should never be given a chance to try it.
If da glove don't fit u must acquit, these are commie leftest scum, who sell their souls.
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