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Nancy D’Alesandro’s Culture of Corruption
Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 23 December 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 12/23/2006 5:38:30 PM PST by Congressman Billybob

Most of you know her as Nancy Pelosi. When I first met my one-time neighbor, she was daughter to one Mayor of Baltimore, Tommy D’Alesandro, Jr., and sister to Tommy, III, who’d later become Mayor.

Some of the stories about her, as she prepares to become Speaker of the House, have mentioned her past, but not honestly. At most, the glowing stories refer to the Baltimore City politics she grew up in as “rough and tumble.” Politics there and then were much more than rough and tumble. They were crooked as a dog’s hind leg.

I know. I grew up there. I made my first run for public office there, in 1971. Lemme tell y’all how Baltimore politics were conducted, then.

First, it was all Democrats. The last Republican was elected to the City Council in 1943. And among the Democrats, the law of the jungle applied. The strongest won, and prospered. The weakest lost, and were destroyed.

Elections in Baltimore were run by the machines, which had a feudal relationships like barons in the Middle Ages. Strongest was the D’Alesandro machine. Second to that, but working hand and glove with it, was Jack Pollack’s machine. Pollack personally was a frugal man, never accused of taking a penny for himself. But he kept hundreds of thousands of dollars in safe deposit boxes, to be dispensed as needed. Pollack had, in his pocket, many politicians including Congressman and State Senators, plus more than a few judges.

Election day funds were called “walking around money.” Each precinct captain got a stack of money proportionate to the vote he was expected to produce. Sure, the captain would keep some for himself. But a wise captain would keep his greed within limits, and use most of his allotment to buy votes.

Was this illegal? Absolutely. Then, now, and all years in between. But that’s the politics that Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi grew up in. And what did the successful politician do in Baltimore when he, and now she, had won? Reward your friends. Punish your enemies. Start gathering the money and allies to win the next election.

Honesty or corruption had nothing to do with this process. Results were all that counted. This was displayed in the D’Alesandro family history. Tommy, Jr., was never indicted for anything. But Tommy, III, was sloppy.

He was indicted for rape as a young man. He was indicted for corruption as Mayor. Both times, the charges were dismissed when the principal witness made herself / himself scarce until the charges were dismissed. In the latter case, the witness turned up alive and well in a Las Vegas casino, after the charges against D’Alesandro were dropped. The same charges against Councilman Mimi DiPietro, had not been dismissed. When I as a candidate pointed out that DiPietro could still be tried for corruption, the D’Alesandro response was to send a compliant State’s Attorney before a compliant judge, to drop those charges also.

With a clear understanding of how her politics were developed, D’Alesandro’s actions as pending Speaker make more sense. She stood by Jack Murtha in his bid for Majority Leader, because Jack had stood by her. It was irrelevant that Murtha missed being indicted in Abscam because he decided to take his agreed-upon bribe of $50,000 later, rather than right away.

D’Alesandro/Pelosi’s background also explains her actions concerning the Chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee. She is crosswise with Jane Harman, the senior Democrat, so she dropped Harman like a hot rock. Next in line was Alcee Hastings, a loyal ally and leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus. But he’d been removed as a federal judge for taking bribes from drug dealers. She dropped Hastings the same way that the D’Alesandro machine had relied on black votes, but then turned their backs on blacks after the election.

Even something that may happen January 2nd, when the House is sworn in, may reflect D’Alesandro’s culture of corruption. According to the official results from Florida, Republican Vern Buchanan, won the 13th Congressional District by 369 votes. But D’Alesandro can use her power as Speaker to steal that election for the Democrats and install Christine Jennings as the “winner” and new Congresswoman. The Democrats did that in 1984 over a seat in Indiana. It would be in character for D’Alesandro to do that in 2007.

The more you know about a politician, the better you can predict his/her motive and actions. You now know more about Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi than most of the MSM reporters and editors either know, or dare to report. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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About the Author: John Armor is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law, who may again be a candidate for Congress in the 11th District of North Carolina. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: corruption; dalesandro; pelosi; speaker
Some of this I've posted on FR before. But maybe, just maybe, a few more people in the outside world will pay attention, now that D'Alesandro/Pelosi will be two heartbeats away from the Presidency.

John / Billybob

1 posted on 12/23/2006 5:38:33 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob

Bumpitttt.


2 posted on 12/23/2006 5:42:18 PM PST by Rocko
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To: Congressman Billybob

"According to the official results from Florida, Republican Vern Buchanan, won the 13th Congressional District by 369 votes. But D’Alesandro can use her power as Speaker to steal that election for the Democrats and install Christine Jennings as the “winner” and new Congresswoman. The Democrats did that in 1984 over a seat in Indiana. It would be in character for D’Alesandro to do that in 2007."

Apparently so: "Pelosi may not seat winner in disputed Sarasota race"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1757895/posts




3 posted on 12/23/2006 5:42:57 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Maybe FR needs to set up a witness protection program?


4 posted on 12/23/2006 5:44:01 PM PST by norton
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To: Congressman Billybob

maybe, just maybe, a few more people in the outside world will pay attention, now that D'Alesandro/Pelosi will be two heartbeats away from the Presidency..

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a scary thought, indeed...

more people actually paying attention, that IS. ;-)

Best Holiday Wishes to the CB clan!


5 posted on 12/23/2006 5:49:13 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... Merry Something PC.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Very interesting, I had suspicions that was how it was.

Thank You!

6 posted on 12/23/2006 5:49:21 PM PST by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
How dare you impugn the first woman Speaker! Off with yer head! /s

Bump,so more will read!

7 posted on 12/23/2006 5:50:10 PM PST by Theresawithanh (I'm Time's Person of the Year - and mom said I'd never amount to anything!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Easy on the "machine politics" charges. Daddy Pelosi actually *beat* the Curran political machine. But he wasn't the only one of the family embroiled in corruption charges. Nancy D'Alesandro (Pelosi's mom) was drug into court over $15,000 in checks written to her by a Baltimore contractor who was convicted of bribing city government while Tommy was Mayor: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,860626,00.html


8 posted on 12/23/2006 5:54:00 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Yuck, the MOB is now speaker of the house.
:-(


9 posted on 12/23/2006 5:57:20 PM PST by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Satan also thought he was in charge of EVERYTHING. You know were he is ending up, trying to get a rock to obey him in a fiery pit forever. Corruption is part of man's nature. It permeates our government in Washington, on both sides of the isle, our businesses, and even our churches. Its because that is the nature we were given because of the fall from our Divine state. Sounds just like the Devil. The big difference is we can be redeemed by the blood of Christ, and he cannot. Now you know why he is so upset. Because man is going to his position in Heaven, and all the angels that fell with him.

More good news is the Sheriff will soon be back in town, and He will "rule ALL nations with a rod of iron." If your hope is in man and not God, than you will have nothing but a life of futility in a sea of hopeless expectations, and dreams crushed by aging and death.

And that is my Christmas message to FR. Merry Christmas all, and always remember, your true life is in Christ's eternal salvation, not this 70-100 years of vanity and vexation.
10 posted on 12/23/2006 5:58:17 PM PST by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

She CAN refuse to seat the winner. But, it is NOT up to her to pick a substitute.


11 posted on 12/23/2006 6:14:47 PM PST by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Tommy III was indicted for rape???? I never heard that. But moved to Baltimore in 1970 and it sounds like it happened before I got there.

Pray tell, who did he allegedly rape? Inquiring minds want to know! Seems like Tommy's kids had trouble of some kind but I cannot remember details.


12 posted on 12/23/2006 7:58:47 PM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: cajungirl

I reread it,,Tommy III's brother was indicted. And hubby just reminded me Tommy III and Nancy's brother, don't know the name, was trouble in Vegas. Don't remember the details. Lots of unsavory connections.

And is the just departed AG a son of the old Curran machine. And his daughter is a judge, married to Martin O'Malley!

I think I have the pedigrees right.


13 posted on 12/23/2006 8:06:21 PM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: Congressman Billybob

bttt


14 posted on 12/23/2006 8:07:21 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Thanks John.

Bump to ya!

May your Christmas be white up on that mountain top :)


15 posted on 12/23/2006 9:12:01 PM PST by upchuck (How to win the WOT? Simple: set our rules of engagement to at least match those of our enemy.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT!


16 posted on 12/23/2006 9:24:36 PM PST by PGalt
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath

What a lovely message. Thank you, and God Bless.


17 posted on 12/23/2006 10:56:20 PM PST by tanuki
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To: cajungirl

So we have a Mob Princess running the house.

Disgusting...

Anyone know of a web link to the 1984 teft of the house seat? Good to know how this works so we can sound alarms.


18 posted on 12/24/2006 5:28:24 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: PA-RIVER

I don't think they were mob. They just got into sleezy trouble at times.


19 posted on 12/24/2006 5:31:22 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: Temple Owl

ping


20 posted on 12/24/2006 5:32:41 AM PST by Tribune7 (Conservatives hold bad behavior against their leaders. Dims don't.)
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To: PA-RIVER

Regarding 1984 election theft ............


A Federal appeals court, in a decision written by the Supreme Court nominee Antonin Scalia, on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to Representative Frank M. McCloskey's seat as the winner of one of the century's closest House elections.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the Constitution clearly made the House the only judge of who won an election to a House seat.

It upheld a Federal district judge who had dismissed the challenge by Mr. McCloskey's Republican opponent.

''We simply lack jurisdiction to proceed,'' Judge Scalia wrote. ''It is difficult to imagine a clearer case of 'textually demonstrable constitutional commitment' of an issue to another branch of government to the exclusion of the courts.''

After the first House-controlled vote recount in 24 years, the House in a party-line vote said Mr. McCloskey, a second-term Democrat, defeated Rick McIntyre by four votes, 116,645 to 116,641, in 1984. The two are facing a rematch this fall in Indiana's Eighth Congressional District.


21 posted on 12/24/2006 5:41:57 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: All
They seem to call it a house controlled recount.

I guess Pelosi may try to recount and manufacture some votes. She has to have the numbers add up in her favor.
22 posted on 12/24/2006 5:46:36 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: All

In the 1984 election, Rep. McCloskey faced conservative state senator Rick McIntyre. Buoyed by President Reagan's strong coattails, McIntyre trailed McCloskey by only 72 votes after the initial vote count. A tabulation error, however, resulted in an overcounting of McCloskey votes and the Republican Indiana Secretary of State certified McIntyre as the winner by 34 votes, ignoring other recounted tallies that actually showed McCloskey was in the lead. The Democratic-controlled House refused to seat either McIntyre or McCloskey and conducted their own recount. In the end, the House seated McCloskey after declaring him the winner by just four votes (116,645 to 116,641). The vote was largely along partisan lines and in response every Republican House member marched out of the chamber in protest.


23 posted on 12/24/2006 6:03:22 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


24 posted on 12/25/2006 11:07:06 AM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
The Democrats did that in 1984 over a seat in Indiana. ... since the Republicans quietly acquiesced then, why should we expect them to behave differently 22 years later ..?
25 posted on 12/25/2006 11:56:33 AM PST by bimbo
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To: cajungirl
I think I have the pedigrees right.

You have it right, as far as I can tell. (I moved to Baltimore in 1967 when Tommy III was mayor.)

26 posted on 12/25/2006 12:10:07 PM PST by bimbo
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To: PA-RIVER
The vote was largely along partisan lines and in response every Republican House member marched out of the chamber in protest.

That's what Republicans do when an election is stolen from them ... they get angry and march out!

27 posted on 12/25/2006 12:14:15 PM PST by bimbo
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To: Congressman Billybob

bttt


28 posted on 12/26/2006 8:49:49 AM PST by Christian4Bush (Don't blame me - I didn't vote for these DEM b**tards. (redacted to satiate religioncop TXBlair))
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To: Congressman Billybob

BUMP


29 posted on 12/26/2006 3:47:55 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: bimbo; cajungirl; Congressman Billybob
You have it right, as far as I can tell. (I moved to Baltimore in 1967 when Tommy III was mayor.)
I worked for Martin until '67. But I have no memory of Baltimore politics of that era. I must have heard the name of the mayor, but I'm drawing a blank.

30 posted on 12/26/2006 3:57:51 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


31 posted on 12/27/2006 11:57:08 AM PST by AmeriBrit
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT! More people need to read this.


32 posted on 12/30/2006 8:49:23 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Thanks for the informative post.


33 posted on 12/31/2006 12:33:58 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Congressman Billybob

Was her father made?

Sounds like it from this column. Also sounds like she saw corruption at the dinner table nightly as a child.
(Also notice the mention of organization)

Roots in faith, family and party guide Pelosi’s move to power
http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives/012403/012403a.htm
(Catholic's, you will not like this column at all)


34 posted on 01/14/2007 8:20:08 AM PST by AliVeritas (Stop Global Dhimming. Demand testicular fortitude from the hill. Call the crusade.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


35 posted on 11/04/2009 3:31:27 PM PST by hattend (We should stop comparing Obama to Hitler. At least Hitler got the Olympic Games to come to Berlin.)
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To: AliVeritas

Does that link still work for you?


36 posted on 11/04/2009 3:33:00 PM PST by hattend (We should stop comparing Obama to Hitler. At least Hitler got the Olympic Games to come to Berlin.)
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To: AliVeritas

January 24, 2003

http://www.natcath.com/NCR_Online/archives/index.htm


37 posted on 11/04/2009 4:37:49 PM PST by AliVeritas (Breaking the law, breaking the law; Breaking the law, breaking the law. Judas Priest)
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To: hattend

http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles/2006/11/13/features/stories_from_ap/doc45587d66f3e8f526395444.txt

- Mind you, this was a ‘positive’ piece (cough)

The brother was a prize as well

(scroll down)

http://www.newsbusters.org/node/5653

When you have time to read them:

http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=13916


38 posted on 11/04/2009 4:57:25 PM PST by AliVeritas (Breaking the law, breaking the law; Breaking the law, breaking the law. Judas Priest)
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTT for relevancy to what is happening today.


39 posted on 03/21/2010 9:32:51 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (A HERO stands with the American People; A COWARD bends to the will of one man.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Chrome pops this website up as malwares contamination !


40 posted on 02/11/2014 11:39:28 AM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I'm not afraid to say what i mean nor should you be afraid of what you know to be true !)
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