Sunday, December 10, 2006

Entrenched political corruption wins in N.O.

"Overcoming the specter of a roiling federal corruption probe that threatened to draw the curtain on his 16-year career on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson survived the fight of his political life Saturday, easily defeating state Rep. Karen Carter to win his ninth term in the 2nd Congressional District.

Guilty pleas by aides and associates who admitted to bribing the New Orleans Democrat, and the revelation in court documents that FBI agents had found $90,000 in marked bills in Jefferson's freezer, had prompted pundits to begin inking his political obituary.

Instead, Jefferson, 59, scored a decisive win largely by routing Carter in Jefferson Parish. That may have attested less to his appeal than to the power of Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee, whose bitter attacks on the challenger appeared to have been a factor in sharply suppressing turnout that Carter needed, especially among white voters.


Thanks to Harry Lee. Maybe he can arrange a comeback for Edwin Edwards too. I'm more speechless than usual.
How much money does a guy have to keep in his freezer to be rejected by voters? How many times does he have to commandeer resources that should go to flood victims in order to check on his freezer?

A day of shame for New Orleans.

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