Corruption probes hitting Dems across the country
A wave of corruption arrests and investigations is roiling Democratic politicians, posing a potential image problem in an election year.
The latest were a pair of arrests earlier this week, snagging Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who later resigned, and California State Sen. Leland Yee. The latter involved a tangled web of allegations including claims that the gun control-pushing lawmaker tried to connect an undercover agent with an international arms dealer.
So far, these cases are confined to the state and local levels, so it remains to be seen whether Democrats running in the congressional midterms will be tarnished.
In fact, the only major arrest of a U.S. congressman since the beginning of 2013 was that of a Republican, Florida Rep. Trey Radel, who was convicted for cocaine possession and resigned early this year. Each party typically is careful to throw stones when the other side finds itself on the wrong side of the law, because corruption and other misbehavior is a bipartisan problem.
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I operate under no misconceptions; I know that politics is a dirty and sometimes corrupt business.
I know that NO particular political party has a corner on the market where corruption is concerned but it does do a heart good when you happen to be a Pro-Gun Conservative and a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and you hear about a person like this California State Sen. Leland Yee, someone that preaches long and loud against guns, has been arrested for what amounts to *gun running*.
In California alone, Yee’s case marked the third arrest or conviction in as many months of a state Democratic official.
Three arrests and/or convictions in three months is quite a lot and I’m sure there will be those that will denigrate every person in California, as well as their elected government, and quite frankly, that is just wrong.
I personally KNOW at least a half a dozen people in California that aren’t crooks, drug heads or illegals.
To be totally honest with you, none of this corruption surprises me, from either party, you see, I am originally from Louisiana, and I think they showed Chicago how to get it done when it comes to corruption and public officials.
U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein of California joined a growing list of officials on Thursday in distancing themselves by demanding Yee’s resignation. The Democratic leader of the state Senate, President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, warned Yee to resign or face suspension by his colleagues, saying “he cannot come back.”
Of course Boxer and Feinstein are distancing themselves from Yee, I mean, seriously, how do you suppose they could justify doing otherwise when a fellow anti-gun Democrat is caught in a gun running scheme?
On top of that case, Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox said Saturday he was resigning from leadership and would not run for re-election, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.
The Friday raids were carried out by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Boxes of evidence were carried off after agents spent hours at both his home and office. Officials will not say whom or what they are investigating.
When you factor in this case along with the arrest of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, you start to see a lot of elected officials that are suddenly being snagged in Federal and State investigations on charges of corruption.
Meanwhile, in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, the mayor of the District of Columbia, a Democrat, is facing his own problems. A U.S. attorney claimed earlier this month that Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an illegal, $668,000 “shadow campaign” that helped propel him into office four years ago. Despite denials from the mayor, who has not been accused of a crime, the revelation further damaged him ahead of next week’s primary.
And there you have it; a *snap shot* of American politics.
As I said above; it’s NOT any particular Party, it’s ALL of them, and corruption can, and does occur at ALL levels of government, and I think that’s the part that angers me the most.
Perhaps I am too idealistic but I expect MY elected officials to toe the line, do the job they were sent to do, do it well and serve the constituency with pride, dignity and a sense of honesty that is incorruptible.
Believe me, I am not so naïve as to actually believe this will happen, but I do believe that if a public servant is caught in a corruption investigation that individual should face the harshest penalties allowed by Law.
Servants of the *public trust* need to read this, think about it and know this; I am NOT the only Conservative in America that wants to see our elected officials held to a higher standard and subjected to harsh penalties.
My wish is that Democrats would come out and stand for the same issues.