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William Jefferson's D-La. problems not slowing him (Billy Jeff grateful 'with the chance to work')
2theadvocate ^ | 1/17/07 | GERARD SHIELDS

Posted on 01/18/2007 5:57:02 PM PST by Libloather

Jefferson's problems not slowing him
By GERARD SHIELDS
Advocate Washington bureau
Published: Jan 17, 2007


(AP) file photo
Rep. William Jefferson, D-La.

WASHINGTON — He received a standing ovation from the Congressional Black Caucus. He participated in the ceremonial swearing-in led by his perceived arch-nemesis, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

And in his first week, he became entangled in temporary House ethics rules dust-up after his staff said they mistakenly sent out campaign contribution solicitations on congressional stationery.

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is back in town.

“I’m just very, very grateful to the folks back home and that the Lord has entrusted me with the chance to work,” Jefferson said about his recently hard-fought election to a ninth two-year term.

Despite FBI allegations that he took bribes in return for pushing telecommunications deals in Africa — he denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged — Jefferson is not letting moss grow under his legislative agenda for the new Congress.

Pelosi rallied Democratic Party colleagues last year to suspend Jefferson from his seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee that writes the nation’s tax laws until the FBI bribery matter is resolved. But she placed Jefferson on the House Small Business Committee.

One of Jefferson’s legislative targets this session is to extend a program that gives disadvantaged businesses run by minorities and women more time to get contracts beyond the eight-year limit.

The companies should be given credit for the time they were closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jefferson said. With many of the nation’s grant programs running through the U.S. Small Business Administration, Jefferson said he may be well-placed in his new committee assignment.

“At this point in our recovery, it may be a blessing in disguise,” Jefferson said. “We want to make sure the companies have the full enjoyment of their time in the program. We want to make sure they get a chance to take advantage of the recovery.”

Jefferson has also set his sights on getting the federal government to forgive Community Disaster Loans. The government has extended $700 million in loans to Louisiana communities devastated by the 2005 hurricanes.

Historically, the president forgives loans given to local governments following devastating events but Louisiana hasn’t been granted that status.

Communities in Jefferson’s district owe $240 million, including New Orleans, which received $120 million to pay to continue basic city services, he said.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has introduced a similar measure in the Senate to forgive the debt and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., plans to do the same.

“It’s unfair because every other disaster has not had this requirement,” Jefferson said.

Whether the allegations confronting Jefferson will damage his ability in Congress to help rebuild a community ravaged by Katrina depends on whom you ask.

Ed Renwick, a Loyola University political scientist, said Jefferson’s legal troubles could hamper his legislative task. “It certainly won’t be a help to him,” Renwick said. “It makes it somewhat difficult because he is under a cloud.”

Susan Howell, a University of New Orleans political scientist, said Jefferson could find it hard to get support for his measures.

“Despite his reception by the Black Caucus, I don’t think the Democratic Party wants to invest much in him,” Howell said. “One of the worst things a legislator wants is to be isolated from his colleagues.”

Silas Lee, an Xavier University political scientist, doesn’t view it that way. He points to Jefferson’s successful guidance of legislation creating $20 million in Gulf Opportunity Zone tax credits after the hurricane as an indication that Jefferson can distance himself from his legal woes.

“His legislative agenda is separate and apart in trying to rebuild a community,” Lee said. “Since the hurricane, he hasn’t shied away from doing his duty as an elected official.”

Jefferson raised eyebrows within four days of returning to Washington when a letter went out to Democratic Party colleagues on congressional stationery asking them to help him pay a $200,000 campaign debt.

Jefferson staffers took the blame for the incident, saying the congressman did not know that the letter went out. The matter has been resolved with the House Franking Commission with Jefferson’s office paying for the postage, said Melanie Roussell, a spokeswoman for Jefferson.

And Jefferson surprised many when he participated in the traditional swearing-in ceremony with Pelosi, who has not been shy about her disappointment in Jefferson’s legal troubles.

Jefferson said he wanted to be part of history. “She is the first woman speaker and I thought it was important to be part of that,” he said.

And as for the bribery case — in which two people have pleaded guilty, Jefferson’s attorneys and the U.S. Justice Department are still haggling over material seized in the historic May 2005 raid of Jefferson’s Capitol Hill office. Briefs on the matter are due April 13.

In addition to his welcome from the Black Caucus, Jefferson said he has received warm greetings from many of his colleagues.

“Nobody was giving me anything but a warm reception,” Jefferson said. “Everybody was saying ‘glad to see you back.’ ”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bribe; freezer; jefferson; perp
Proof that even the worst criminals need a job...
1 posted on 01/18/2007 5:57:05 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

"And in his first week, he became entangled in temporary House ethics rules dust-up after his staff said they mistakenly sent out campaign contribution solicitations on congressional stationery."

Looks like the Dims have started with their own versions of the "culture of corruption" within their "first 100 hours." Good job, Nancy. Keep it up.


2 posted on 01/18/2007 6:00:19 PM PST by indcons
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To: indcons
Yeah.

I saw that little dust up too.

Never mind, folks. Just CAMPAIGNING ILLEGALLY (by using his congressional staff!) AGAIN only ONE week after being sworn in.

The racist IDIOTS in his district are to blame.
3 posted on 01/18/2007 6:04:36 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Libloather

I believe it was the Feds who raided his office and home and found the $90,000 dollars.

The facts are that this actually helped him get re-elected as his criminal constituents found it that much easier to identify with him. The same goes for the standing ovation from the Congressional Black Caucus. Birds of a feather and all that.

The only way this man will ever be sanctioned is if and when the Feds work up enough courage to actually charge him and have him arrested and tried. Until then he will go on as before.

If I were a betting man and I could bet here on Free Republic, I would lay ten to one that this investigation and the arrest, that should have already been made, has gone as far as it will ever go.


4 posted on 01/18/2007 6:05:27 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: indcons
...Looks like the Dims have started with their own versions of the "culture of corruption" within their "first 100 hours."...

Silly rabbit corruption is for republicans...Democrats just make misjudgments.

5 posted on 01/18/2007 6:07:25 PM PST by DaveyB (Ignorance is part of the human condition - atheism makes it permanent!)
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To: Libloather
>>>>Despite FBI allegations that he took bribes in return for pushing telecommunications deals in Africa — he denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged — Jefferson is not letting moss grow under his legislative agenda for the new Congress.

Related:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1635819/posts
FBI raids House of Representatives office

Excerpts:

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6 posted on 01/18/2007 6:07:26 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Libloather

There was a rumor he'd be given a pass if he joined with the Republicans in approving the Bankruptcy - Make - Lawyers - Rich legislation, that came out of the last Congress.
This case is over a year old and is still at the motions stage?


7 posted on 01/18/2007 6:08:11 PM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; DaveyB
A "New Direction for America" indeed....LOL


8 posted on 01/18/2007 6:14:32 PM PST by indcons
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To: Libloather
...the Lord has entrusted me with the chance to work...

Uh, you're confusing the Lord with the idiots in Lousiana. That's blasphemy. Big time.

9 posted on 01/18/2007 7:12:37 PM PST by fat city (What part of cognitive dissonance don't you understand?)
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To: sgtbono2002
If I were a betting man and I could bet here on Free Republic, I would lay ten to one that this investigation and the arrest, that should have already been made, has gone as far as it will ever go.

I am no cynic, but I think you're right. Democrats, unlike Republicans, do not resign in shame, even when caught having sex with pages, because they seem to possess little sense of shame.

10 posted on 01/18/2007 7:16:25 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: Libloather
Is this guy going to skate or is the AG AG just incompetent?

I can't help but wonder that if he was a Republican he would already be in jail!!

Does anyone know what his status is?

11 posted on 01/18/2007 7:19:59 PM PST by PISANO
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To: Libloather

ethics as defined by congress


12 posted on 01/18/2007 7:22:12 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Zack Nguyen

We have already seen several times in the last few weeks that The ethics Committee is probably the biggest joke on the Hill.

Neither the Senate Ethics Committee nor the House Ethics Committee has any idea what Ethics are. Neither knows right from wrong. They are both Tom Sawyer Committees. Whitewashing is their job.


13 posted on 01/18/2007 7:23:33 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: Libloather
I’m just very, very grateful to the folks back home..........................for allowing me to continue as the Democrat party's bag man for third world nation kick backs on federal programs.

This POS should be in jail and would be if it wasn't for lame brain RINO Hastert.

14 posted on 01/18/2007 7:42:19 PM PST by Candor7 (The hope of the West disappears into liberal flatulance, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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