There has been a lot of talk about Larry Craig's on again/off again decision to resign from Congress. Like most Republicans, I'm of the opinion that Craig should resign, but wouldn't it be great if he could take a few people with him?
Like who? Glad you asked! For starters, here are a few honorable mentions that probably deserve to be out of Congress -- or in jail if they're Republicans. Alternately, if they're Democrats, you can look forward to their serving in Congress for the next few decades.
Honorable Mentions: Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Congressman John Doolittle (R-CA), Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA), Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Congressman Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Congressman Don Young (R-AK)
That's enough of the warm-up act. Let's move on to the dirtiest players in the game...
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) & Congressman David Calvert (R-CA): Maybe I'm a little old fashioned, particularly after the moral fecklessness of the Clinton years, but I've always thought that anyone caught using the services of a prostitute isn't fit to be in Congress.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT): When "Leaky" Leahy was the Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he regularly leaked sensitive classified information to the press in an attempt to undermine foreign policy decisions that he disagreed with. One of his leaks is believed to have actually gotten one of our Egyptian "assets" killed. He should have been sent to prison to break big rocks into smaller rocks for 20 years over his leaks, but instead he merely lost his seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Congressman John Murtha (D-PA): The man congressional Republicans call "King Corruption" was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam case -- who, upon being offered a bribe said he wouldn't take the money at that point, but might “change his mind”...“after we’ve done some business.” Despite his sleazy background, Nancy Pelosi supported Murtha in a failed bid for a leadership position in 2006 instead of urging him to retire from Congress.
Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA): Frank encouraged Larry Craig not to resign, which isn't surprising when you consider that Frank makes Craig look like Billy Graham on the moral front and yet he has hung around all these years. In case you don't remember, Frank used the services of a gay prostitute, allowed the man to move in with him, and then allowed the guy to run a prostitution ring out of his apartment.
Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA): Although he hasn't been convicted yet, he did end up with $90,000 of bribe money in his freezer. Unfortunately for the American people who want honorable members of Congress, but fortunately for "Cold Cash," "Mr. Freeze," or whatever you want to call him, being as crooked as a corkscrew didn't dissuade his congressional district from voting him back into office.
Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL): Back when Hastings was a judge, he was impeached by the House for bribery and perjury and removed from office. Amazingly or maybe not, given the sort of sleaze liberal districts tend to accept from their representatives, he went on to win election to Congress.
Senate Robert Byrd (D-WV): While it's always amusing to hear a Democrat chide the GOP for supposedly being racist and then turn right around and laud a former Exalted Cyclops from the KKK as the "conscience of the Senate," no former member of the KKK deserves to be a member of Congress.
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA): The man Rush Limbaugh refers to as "The Swimmer" is notorious for leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to drown to death while he waited 10 hours before telling anyone because he wanted to plot a media strategy. Had the man been anyone other than a Kennedy, he would have likely gone to jail for manslaughter instead of going back to the Senate.
Someone once said that, “Politicians, like underwear, should be changed often, and for the same reasons.” After reading this list, it’s easy to appreciate how on-the-mark that funny little quip turned out to be.
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