Matt Margolis & Mark Noonan

There is perhaps no better example of the fraudulent nature of the Democrats ethical posturing than that of Rep. William Jefferson, who after more than two years of being the target of a federal investigation was finally indicted on Monday. The 16-count indictment includes charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes, money laundering, obstruction of justice, corruption, and conspiracy. The scandal should have major repercussions for the entire Democratic Party, which largely ignored scandal during the 2006 campaign, then afterwards rewarded and protected Jefferson up to the day he was indicted.

The charges against Jefferson are far worse than any allegations made against Tom DeLay, as well as the crimes committed by Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) and Bob Ney (R-OH) combined. If convicted on all 16 charges, Jefferson faces over 200 years in prison. During the 2006 campaign, Nancy Pelosi was quick to say that even a hint of GOP scandal was evidence of widespread corruption in the entire Republican Party. However, in the case of Jefferson, not only could Nancy Pelosi not be made to act in the interests of the American people, but she couldn’t even find any words of condemnation for Jefferson.

Democrats would like everyone to believe that the Jefferson scandal as an isolated incident involving one member of their party who had gone wrong. While Jefferson’s illegal actions are his own doing, the fact that Democrats routinely turn a blind eye to their own scandals enabled Jefferson to commit his crimes over a very long period of time. While the FBI found a $90,000.00 bribe in Jefferson’s freezer in August of 2005, it took an Associated Press report on the existence of videotaped evidence of Jefferson accepting a bribe to force Democrats to act. Democrats finally stripped Jefferson of his committee assignment in June of 2006. As more and more details of the Jefferson scandal came to light, Democratic eyes were ever more tightly shut against reality – and a Democrat-friendly Main Stream Media (MSM) ensured that the American people would only hear of Republican scandals in 2006.

With Democrats making ethics the centerpiece of their campaign, the political environment in 2006 should have made it impossible for any embattled Congressman to get reelected. However, while many tainted Republicans were defeated in November, Jefferson (and other embattled Democrats) were reelected. And to top it off, Jefferson was given a standing ovation by the House Democratic Caucus on his return to Congress in January.

Matt Margolis & Mark Noonan

Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan are authors of the new book, Caucus of Corruption

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