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This diary will be short but I wanted people to see this number.
(202) 225-6636

That is the number of Congressman Jefferson's office in DC. Please call and say you wish he will resign from office.

I called just now and said "I am calling just to give you my opinion that Congressman Jefferson should resign-- I think it is disgraceful that the 'culture of corruption' is spreading all the way to the Democratic Party. The guy seemed kind of overwhelmed but said "okay, I will pass it along".

Call NOW, before they close. If the Democrats are trying to show how the Republican Party is corrupt and they are a viable option, Jefferson must go. Republicans are going to try and run with this. We cannot let them.

I want Dean to take a stand here. I want him to 'disown' (heh) Jefferson, at least pending investigation. The Democratic Party must not stand for corruption!

CALL NOW!

Originally posted to weathercoins on Mon May 22, 2006 at 01:54 PM PDT.

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  •  Did you call (3+ / 0-)
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    SWicklund, macdust, Ranting Roland

    How'd the calling go?

  •  There's been like 12 diaries on the same topic (3+ / 0-)

    recently, Pelosi referred Jefferson to an investigation by the ethics committee and Howard Dean said on ABC's This Week Jefferson should resign if indicted.

    True leadership isn't done by committee.

    by Viktor on Mon May 22, 2006 at 01:53:36 PM PDT

  •  Call Pelosi too (4+ / 0-)
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    DelRPCV, ubikkibu, weathercoins, beachdog

    Tell her you are a progressive Democrat, not a Republican.  Tell her to ask Jefferson to resign, and if he refuses, tell her to censure him publicly and isolate him from the Democratic Caucus.  

    District Office - 450 Golden Gate Ave. - 14th Floor - San Francisco, CA 94102 - (415) 556-4862
    Washington, D.C. Office - 2371 Rayburn HOB - Washington, DC 20515 - (202) 225-4965

    No Democratic Congressman has any business storing hundred dollar bills in his freezer.  That's Republican behavior, and we must hold our own party to a higher standard.

  •  I called. (1+ / 0-)
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    weathercoins

    I was also told that he would pass it on.

  •  ..he'll probably.. (1+ / 0-)
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    david78209

    ..hold out resignation as a bargaining chip in a plea.  No use resigning and not getting anything for it..  

    •  Should he keep his seat until he's replaced? (0+ / 0-)

      His district deserves someone in the House if only to chase a fair share of Federal pork.  I think the most honorable thing would be to resign all leadership and committee positions now (so Pelosi doesn't have to take them away) and resign his seat as soon as a replacement can be elected.  

      We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is just a setting on the dryer.

      by david78209 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 04:15:45 PM PDT

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  •  press conference (8+ / 0-)

    If you're gonna do the 6th diary on the topic today, at least add the breaking news that he just gave a press conference.  

    It was defiant, evasive, and a complete embarrassment to the party.  And it gave Wolf & co. yet more ammunition to speculate that this will take away the Democrats' claim of running against the Culture of Corruption (I don't even want to know what Fox is saying).

    •  Predictable (0+ / 0-)

      I almost posted this diary but didn't, for the following reason.
      I don't think a blogswarm will have the desired effect, and will just make him dig in harder.  At this point I think it's safe to say that all he cares about is avoiding conviction, and if staying in Congress gives him an edge he doesn't care about the party.  What could conceivably move him is a private come-to-Jesus moment with a senior statesman, but I'm extremely doubtful.  However, you really can't stop people from expressing their outrage at this point.

      That's all a longwinded way of saying that I think this is counterproductive (and won't be seen publicly, which is how this message needs to be delivered) but, since Jefferson won't resign anyway, it doesn't matter.  

      Support your neighborhood bats.

      by DelRPCV on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:59:47 PM PDT

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    •  Nah, not now. We can save that for the 7th (0+ / 0-)

      diary on this.

      "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid, it is true that most stupid people are conservative." John Stuart Mill

      by dkmich on Mon May 22, 2006 at 03:07:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  agreed (0+ / 0-)

      that presser was nothing but a display of pompous jackassism.   couldn't believe what i was watching.   he obviously cares not one little tiny bit about the Democratic Party.   what a fuckwit.

  •  are the demopublicans any different than the (4+ / 2-)
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    republicrats?

    we'll find out by how this transpires.

    can they just kick him out of the demo party?

    •  Trollrated (0+ / 0-)

      for Green Party bullshit on a Democratic blog.
      If you feel that way, why are you here?

      And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

      by kestrel9000 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:51:30 PM PDT

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      •  Its a valid question (3+ / 0-)
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        fouro, BrenP, kestrel9000

        Though poorly phrased -
        The question is, can we show that our party is truly different?  I am waiting with bated breath myself.

        "The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views.

        by SWicklund on Mon May 22, 2006 at 03:12:27 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah, we can (0+ / 0-)

          and this presents an ideal opportunity.
          Drumming out time. I say we use this situation as an opening to demonstrate that difference. The party leadership, as well as the rank and file, should publicly call for his resignation. With one voice.

          are the demopublicans any different than the republicrats?

          Therefore the trollrate. Obviously, in the poster's own mind, the answer is already no.

          And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

          by kestrel9000 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 03:51:28 PM PDT

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      •  Get lost yourself. (2+ / 0-)
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        .
        You've done me a great favor - I had no clue i was a Green.  But since I feel strongly that zero tolerance--the courage of one's so-called convictions--is a foundational way to cleave an inarguable, highly visible difference between the parties, then I guess I must be Green.

        We Democrats could do a lot worse than to learn that politics is limbic--fear or love, not fucking white papers.  There's a reason honor and the idea of falling on one's sword for failings is so resonant around here--because it's the one thing that yanks our chain about the so-called value meisters in DC, be they Bennett, Lieberman, Rummy or Bush or Dick.

        No, don't railroad Jefferson. Be fair and just. But put him and others on no uncertain notice that when it comes to resuscitating the party, a preponderance of evidence rather than reasonable doubt is the standard of evidence for torpedoing your team's boat.

        It's not a principle unless it costs you something. The rest is boilerplate and packing peanuts.

        •  Uh (1+ / 0-)
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          fouro

          my comment and the trollrate were not directed at you. They were intended for drummer55.
          For further clarification, please see my reply to dkmich below.

          And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

          by kestrel9000 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 03:47:20 PM PDT

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    •  I don't know who you are or your history here. (2+ / 0-)
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      fouro, Cory Bantic

      Based on your comment alone, I rated it up because it didn't appear to be personal or offensive.  It just expressed disappointment with both parties.  Something, I think we all have felt at some time or another.

      "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid, it is true that most stupid people are conservative." John Stuart Mill

      by dkmich on Mon May 22, 2006 at 03:09:29 PM PDT

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      •  The trollrate (0+ / 0-)

        was for the meme that the Democrats are no diferent than the Republicans. The FAQ states that this is a Democratic site. I stand by it. I also do not appreciate being compared to Republicans in that fashion.

        And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

        by kestrel9000 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 03:46:18 PM PDT

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        •  democratic schmemocrat... (1+ / 0-)
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          you take a bribe you pay. period end of story. the FBI has extensive audio/video on the crimes of this sad sack of shit and he should be immediately pushed out of the party by the leadership.  

          Unless of course the democratic leadership is run by the same corporate overlords the republican party is run by.

          •  I agree with this (0+ / 0-)

            but I will trollrate "demopublican/republicrat" on sight. We are here because we are different. Look at how many people are defending this fuck-on this site, and out in the world. I don't see any, outside of himself and his staff. Do you?
            If you use this situation to try to advance the Green Party (or whatever third party or indieleft thing) meme that Democrats and Republicans are the same, you are no better than the gops who try to use this to advance a preception of Republican corruption as a bipartisan phenomenon. In fact, you are doing exactly that, and I got plenty of zeroes. This is a Democratic site, and you become the enemy.

            And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

            by kestrel9000 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 04:33:15 PM PDT

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            •  Ahh, secret enemy-spotter goggles? (0+ / 0-)
              Look, pardon my dudgeon here, but since when did a nagging hunger for a little clarity of character in people who represent us become the mark of Greens or "indie-left"?

              Gov Dean can wander the countryside saying "I'm from the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party" and he's portrayed as General Patton; somebody else laments the sour jello our professional party leadership has become and they're dead-enders?

              I scrolled down to read your response to my comment above as you requested, figuring I was gonna be eating crow. Would rather have eaten the bird.

              •  [ [ [ A g a i n ] ] ] (0+ / 0-)

                my objection is to the meme suggesting there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. ("demopublican/republicrat")This is a Democratic site. Check the fucking FAQ. You tell me there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans, you tell me there is no difference between ME and a Republican.
                In which case, your mother wears combat boots.
                On her HANDS.

                And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

                by kestrel9000 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 06:05:53 PM PDT

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                •  Kestrel9000 (1+ / 0-)
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                  When it comes to corruption, there is no comparison between the parties.  You are absolutely right.  
                  But in the broader scope of things, 1/3 to 1/2 of the Democrats have traded the working guy in for the corporate model.  In this way, they (those that sold out)are just like the Republicans.  Kos said it in his "dream" diary. First we get the most egregious (like Lieberman), and then we go after the rest, one at a time, until we have the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party back in charge.  Long, hard, slog - unfortunately.
                  Last, this may be a Democratic site, but it doesn't mean that people here blindly support all Democrats, each and every time.  We have to hold Democrats accountable, too, and not just for overt bribery.  They also need to be held accountable for votes against their own party that hurt this country and us too.  When they act like Republicans, it is OK to call them one - in my opinion.

                  "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid, it is true that most stupid people are conservative." John Stuart Mill

                  by dkmich on Tue May 23, 2006 at 02:17:42 AM PDT

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              •  Ever notice: (0+ / 0-)

                the extraRepublican elements on the RIGHT never use that one? The "demopublican/republicrat" thing?

                And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

                by kestrel9000 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 06:08:33 PM PDT

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              •  I am in no sense (0+ / 0-)

                defending this man. Quite the opposite. I say we hang this motherfucker out to dry. We use him to show WE are not THEM. No crack legal team or defense fund like Tom DeLay for this guy, oh no siree.
                We post his head at the gates to the city.
                Call Pelosi. Call Conyers - isn't he the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Commitee? No mercy.
                Pour encourager les autres.

                And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.(-8.50\-7.13)

                by kestrel9000 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 06:15:32 PM PDT

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                •  Mum wore Her Majesty's combat boots (1+ / 0-)
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                  I'm smiling, see: =)

                  Kestrel, we're in violent semi-agreement.

                  There's a Democrat who happens to be a politician. And then there's a politician who happens to be a Democrat. Switch Republican for Democrat in those two above clumsy constructions. Same essential deal.

                  One is in the game to further a set of closely held ideals or principles. The other is in the game to stay in the game only--often, jettisoning their principles, cred, and any other payload as they cling, white-knuckled, to their position, reputation in tatters. But still they cling, and like crabs trying to get out of a barrel, they bring down others in their efforts to maintain. [[Again,]] to me, there is no difference in that animal, no matter donkey or pachyderm or crab.

                  I'm not gonna bore you further except to say I work this beat in the corporate world. Many aspire to "leadership," not for its noble cause or sacred trust or delicate responsibiliy. Instead, many come to it for the financial compensations or the head-bound over-compensations it allows them to indulge in. Many are there by accident or time-in-grade or brown-nosing. And far too many of those latter ones spend an inordinate amount of time pondering the abstract idea of leading, lecturing us on it, or, pursuing the "John Wayne" variety of it, all the while, totally forgetting the being is in the doing.

                  As I said at the beging of our little convo, this shit is limbic. Walking the plank, death before dishonor, falling on the sword, the buck stops here--these all don't come out of the blue. They're painfully absent in modern officialdom. They're primal--the good side of primal; the opposite side of primal that Bushco or the odd  professional Democrat is prone to. "Hooray for me, to hell with the rest of you" is bipartisan. Time for some clear differentiation.

  •  He Says He's Innocent (1+ / 0-)
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    marchmoon

    And from Bloomberg:

    Jefferson hasn't been charged with a crime.

    I take exception to assumptions of guilt in cases involving Republicans so I'm not going to apply a double standard here.

    IF he's guilty, he should step down. If this is a frame-job, he should stand his ground.

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:00:28 PM PDT

    •  True. (3+ / 0-)
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      But it seems pretty hard to say you are innocent when the FBI find 90 thousand in you're freezer and you are on video taking bribes. hmm

      •  oh..and you trust everything the FBI (0+ / 0-)

        says and does. Please present a copy of said video tape that you have of the 90k's in the fridge and also how he received it, and proof that it wasn't planted.  This diary is premature. I stand with Dean.

        "Fuck with the Constitution and it will fuck you"-Chamonix

        by Chamonix on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:12:34 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, come on. (2+ / 0-)
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          If it looks, quacks and waddles like a duck...

          I mean, the base assumption here is that if he is innocent, calls for his resignation do not apply.

          But, cash was found in his house with serial numbers matching those he was caught accepting on videotape.  

          He knows if he is guilty.  If he is guilty and continues to declare his innocence, he risks losing his seat to a Republican.  That would reduce the number of congressional seats held by Democrats in Louisiana to one.  If he is innocent, he should fight like a rabid badger.

          But so far, it looks bad for him.  If he is guilty, the only honorable thing to do is resign.

    •  I don't think he should resign at this point (1+ / 0-)
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      lgmcp

      but he should do something to cooperate and indicate that he is not like Tom Delay.  More than just the corruption of the repugs is the arrogance about the corruption.

      If he is innocent and plans to fight that's good, but you can be certain that the repugs will spout this every chance they get.

      We need transparency with Jefferson to keep the repugs from using this too much.

      Live Free or Die-words to live by

      by ForFreedom on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:08:40 PM PDT

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    •  I say I'm good looking -- and we're both lying. (0+ / 0-)
      •  Principle Counts (0+ / 0-)
        One of those principles is not sacrificing our laws for expediency. I agree it would be expedient if this pol would start packing, but the better rhetoric for us is to stress "If he is guilty..."

        9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

        by NewDirection on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:38:06 PM PDT

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  •  Is it incorrect (3+ / 0-)
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    to extend the "culture of corruption" to bad Democrats like Jefferson? The corruption on the Republican side seems systemic, as they are in power and have constructed a vast machine for their power and money grab.

    Fuck ups like Jefferson are working in their own bubbles, no?

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:00:31 PM PDT

  •  He Will (0+ / 0-)

    I have a feeling.

    "Get your hands off our Internet" -- U.S. phone and cable companies, to bloggers and independent Internet content producers

    by bink on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:00:43 PM PDT

  •  So we know 100% of the Truth in this (2+ / 0-)
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    Matter and we should be the jury, judge and executioner. I agree with Dean, this will be something to do if he is indicted and refuses to resign. Until then...."What ever happened until innocent until proven guilty is this country? I guess we all have a little Greta, Wolfe and Beth Hollaway in us.

    "Fuck with the Constitution and it will fuck you"-Chamonix

    by Chamonix on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:00:45 PM PDT

    •  If (2+ / 0-)
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      he is innocent, he should be willing to explain the cash in the freezer and not hide behind being advised by his attorneys.

    •  He should (5+ / 0-)

      He should at least temporarily step down. There is OVERWHELMING evidence against him.

      •  If you are taking the role of Prosecutor (0+ / 0-)

        representing Dkos please state your cast in your diary if you insist on leading Kossacks to call and ask for him to resign. As I wrote above I agree with Dean.

        "Fuck with the Constitution and it will fuck you"-Chamonix

        by Chamonix on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:07:49 PM PDT

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      •  agreed (5+ / 0-)
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        ugh...this one jackass is going to single-handedly give the GOP the perfect cover to their "corruption is bipartisan" line. Just watch as the idiotic Katie Courics of the world turn the false equivalency into meme: one shitty Democrat becomes the same as the entire shitty GOP.

        i'm so angry with that corrupt idiot...i just wish he'd resign, indictment or not. Hey, if he's found not guilty, then run again as the exhonerated hero. I'll even apologize for calling him mean names. But until then, get the hell out of our party!!

        "I told them on Inauguration Day. I said look into my eyes: no new enhancements." - President Johnny Gentle (Famous Crooner)

        by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:40:07 PM PDT

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    •  that logic is problematic (3+ / 0-)
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      First, an indictment is far from "proven guilty."  So if you're merely waiting until he is indicted, then you're jumping the gun just like we are.

      If, on the other hand, you really are waiting until he's "proven guilty," I respect that.  But that does kind of take away any claims we have against DeLay, or pretty much anyone else (except Cunningham).

    •  Do you extend the same courtesy (2+ / 0-)
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      to Frist, or Delay, or any of the thousands of Republican scandals that have flown by this site in the past year?

      If so, you're an honorable person, and I respect that greatly.  But I also don't recall you jumping in all of those discussions and giving everyone the same tonic.  If this is poor memory on my part, I apologize.

      Jefferson's as corrupt as they come - his doings around New Orleans are infamous, even before this.  I'd prefer he resign, as well.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:22:35 PM PDT

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      •  you are kidding right.. (0+ / 0-)

        My history here is as clear and out in the open as everyone else's. Unless you are my own personal stalker, I highly doubt you recall any of my past posts in regards to this matter so give me a break. As I have said above, I stand with Dean and I think it to premature to be calling his office and insisting he resign. When the time comes I will be one of the first on the phone placing my call.  

        "Fuck with the Constitution and it will fuck you"-Chamonix

        by Chamonix on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:40:07 PM PDT

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        •  When what time comes? (0+ / 0-)

          What will it take for you?

          Indictment?

          Conviction?

          Lying can never save us from another lie - Vaclav Havel

          by Muwarr90 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:41:56 PM PDT

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        •  Jesus (2+ / 0-)
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          calm down a bit.  I said I don't remember your past history on here, and if I'm misrepresenting you, I apologize.  What more do you want, a notorized statement?

          As a New Orleans resident, though, I'm thrilled he may finally be forced out of office.  His rap sheet is a mile long - this is only the latest incident.

          Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

          by pico on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:42:41 PM PDT

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    •  Disagree. (0+ / 0-)

      It's embarrassing. He needs to resign right now for the good of the party.

      The cash in the freezer + the video means there's no practical way he's not going down for this. If we're truly better than the GOP on corruption, we make him leave NOW.

  •  Here is a link (1+ / 0-)
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    to his House web page

    Contact Rep Jefferson

    From the navbar on the left side you can also access the contact info for his district offices, incase the DC office is busy.

    Note that House members generally are only supposed to communicate with their district constituents directly, so the link to email involves entering your zip code.  To respect the institution please do not email him unless you are in his district.

    Another approach is to contact Nancy Pelosi, who in her role as House Minority Leader is allowed to communicate with citizens of the US in general.  This is more appropriate than contacting Jefferson directly, even though the corruption issue affects all Democrats.

    It would also help to encourage Rep Pelosi to come back to DKos and diary on the subject.  If we are out there pounding the pavement for Dems we deserve an explanation of how they are dealing with an issue like this which could negatively affect all the races we are fighting so hard to win.

    Live Free or Die-words to live by

    by ForFreedom on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:03:26 PM PDT

  •   I just called and spoke with his press secretary (0+ / 0-)

    he has no plans to resign

  •  There are a few others who should (2+ / 0-)
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    get a call:
    Roll Call 5/4/06

    Behind the scenes, Democratic insiders said that everyone from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on down would love to see Jefferson resign from Congress, although they won’t make an open declaration about Jefferson because of internal party politics.

    Among other things, the Democratic leadership does not want to alienate the Congressional Black Caucus by calling for Jefferson’s ouster. Several CBC members — including Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) — have donated to a legal defense fund set up by Jefferson in 2005, and African-American politicians have been concerned for years that law enforcement unfairly targets minority lawmakers for official scrutiny.

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    by Newsie8200 on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:06:35 PM PDT

  •  Where's the proof he's guilty? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    PSYOPS in the 21st Century...the new Dept of Disinforamtion.

    by mattes on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:08:15 PM PDT

  •  Whatever happen to innocent until (1+ / 0-)
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    Chamonix

    proven guilty ? I agree if heknows he will be convicted he should resign, but this blatant attack on someone not even charged with a crime bothers me. If you believe GW should should follow and respect the Constitution, we should to.

    -8.63 -7.28 SHUT IT DOWN NOW

    by OneCrankyDom on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:23:32 PM PDT

    •  he's innocent...and he even sounds innocent... (1+ / 0-)
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      ......Is it when Jefferson admits to the cooperating witness (a businesswoman named Lori Mody) that he's just sticking around in Congress long enough to make sure that he gets his cut on a Nigerian telecom deal? Or as Jefferson puts it: "I'm gonna get your deal out of the way... and I probably won't last long after that."

      Or is it when Jefferson heaps praise on a Nigerian businessman by saying he's got "more deals going than the goddamn man in the moon," adding: "He's a very, well, the word might be... corrupt," but then recommends that Mody bring him in on the deal?

    •  This is not a court of law (1+ / 0-)
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      kenboy

      He's a Congressman, and he is supposed to uphold some standards of ethical behavoir.

      There's a little thing called the 'appearance of impropriety'; Jefferson has broken it.

      He was hired by the People of Lousiana, and they have every right to demand he step down.

      "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus"
      Nasty, freshly-demoted
      Soon-to-be-indicted
      Co-conspirator
      -7.63, -9.

      by shpilk on Mon May 22, 2006 at 03:26:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Transparency is what we should be looking for (2+ / 0-)
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    shpilk, BrenP

    The rethugs have done everything possible to keep a lid on their corruption.

    But Dems can show we are different by making the process transparent.  That is key.  It continues to show differences between the parties and holds the rethugs feet to the fire.

    Live Free or Die-words to live by

    by ForFreedom on Mon May 22, 2006 at 02:28:11 PM PDT

  •  No, no, no, no. (2+ / 0-)
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    shpilk, Slartibartfast

    Jefferson should do things in order.  He should first be indicted, then be appointed to the House Appropriations Committee.  Finially he should resign.

    Geez,What's the matter with you guys?  Don't you know house protocol?

  •  One thing I want him to do BEFORE he resigns (2+ / 0-)
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    hopscotch1997, BrenP

    is to change his Party Affiliation to Republican.

    Just because.

    "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus"
    Nasty, freshly-demoted
    Soon-to-be-indicted
    Co-conspirator
    -7.63, -9.

    by shpilk on Mon May 22, 2006 at 03:27:55 PM PDT

  •  Dean has already weighed in (0+ / 0-)

    I don't have a link for this, but a few days back I saw him on some program in which the question of Jefferson was raised. The interviewer (I think it was Blitzer) asked Dean if Jefferson should resign if he is indicted. Dean said, "Yes" with no qualifications.

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