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Democrats spend early to knock out GOP challengers

September 3rd, 2010 . by TexasFred

Democrats spend early to knock out GOP challengers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Jesse Kelly was still basking in the glow of his victory in an Arizona congressional primary when the Democratic congresswoman he’s trying to unseat released a scathing TV ad branding him “a risk” who would gamble away people’s retirement savings.

It took Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ campaign just hours to start hitting Kelly on the airwaves for his stance on Social Security. That’s because Giffords, like dozens of other Democrats around the country facing tough re-election bids in a political environment that favors the GOP, was trying to score a knockout punch against her rival before he had a chance to introduce himself to voters.

It’s a time-tested tactic in political campaigns, particularly when an incumbent is facing a lesser-known challenger, or when a seat is up for grabs after a lawmaker’s retirement or departure. And with Democrats at risk of losing their grip on Congress in the November elections, going negative early and often is regarded as a necessity.

Polls show voters leaning toward the GOP – disillusioned with President Barack Obama, dissatisfied with the direction of the country and skittish about the sagging economy. So the idea, strategists and campaign watchers say, is for Democrats and their allies to portray Republicans as an even worse alternative to the devil they know.

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Sounds a lot like Democratic strategy everywhere. Get YOUR message out there. Attack the opposition, even if it’s with half-truths. (Notice how I didn’t say lies. Oops.) Oh, and give a free pass to any Democratic candidate that may be just as guilty of the same misdeeds that you’re using to blast your opponent.

Politics 101. And some Democrats are taking it to the heart. There’s a race here in North Texas that does exactly that.

Jamie Dorris is hammering her TX-113 opponent for his misdeeds, State Rep. Joe Driver of Garland double-billed for travel, and make no mistake about it, Joe Driver did double dip on these expenses.

I happen to know that, not from the news stories but because I have personally talked to Joe Driver. He told me it was indeed a fact and that it was not done deliberately, but was a mistake on his part and brought about by a misunderstanding.

Joe Driver has apologized, profusely. He has made full and immediate restitution and is working with the powers that be in an effort to rectify this situation. Joe claims that he made an honest mistake, and I can accept that. We ALL make mistakes.

Driver’s opponent apparently can’t, or won’t accept that from him. And yet, she (Jamie Dorris) has, to the best of my knowledge, remained silent regarding a Texas Democrat that is accused of using funds wrongfully. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives.

I am not going to judge Eddie Bernice Johnson, that’s not MY job, but I will say this, Ms. Johnson has stated that she too made an honest mistake.

WASHINGTON – As her Republican opponent called for a House ethics investigation, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson insisted Thursday that she had no idea that the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation had rules against awarding college aid to her relatives.

“If I had known this was against the law I wouldn’t have done it,” the Dallas Democrat told WFAA-TV (Channel 8), as she began trying to rebuild her image after days of scrutiny of $31,000 in scholarships she awarded in violation of nepotism and residency rules. “I did not have an ethical alarm go off.” SOURCE

That’s her story and she’s sticking to it. And, for the record, in the interest of fair and balanced, Ms. Johnson has repaid the funds.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson dipped into personal funds to repay the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation about $31,000 for scholarships she awarded to four relatives and two children of an aide, her office said Wednesday. SOURCE

So, where’s the cry of ETHICS VIOLATION from Jamie Dorris now? Is it not hypocritical of her and her campaign to not equally blast one of their own for perceived misdeeds? I know for a fact that many on the GOP and Conservative side have blasted Joe Driver for his mistake.

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

August 29th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide’s two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers’ causes.

The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member’s district.

Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so “unknowingly” and would work with the foundation to “rectify the financial situation.”

Initially, she said, “I recognized the names when I saw them. And I knew that they had a need just like any other kid that would apply for one.” Had there been more “very worthy applicants in my district,” she added, “then I probably wouldn’t have given it” to the relatives.

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

I don’t like Eddie Bernice Johnson, and I know there are a few that are going to say, “Well that’s because TexasFred is a racist and a bigot.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

I don’t like crooked politics and I despise crooked politicians. That is the truth of the matter.

I have hammered about crooked politicians, and accusations against politicians, even politicians I happen to personally like. I don’t cut them ANY slack!

I went off on this; Voter Registration Fraud Uncovered and pointed out the suspicious fire that followed the alleged fraud. I regularly take on the Obama administration and their way of raping America; People Have Noticed.

Recently, we have seen this; Ethics Inquiry of Rangel Finds Evidence of Violations and this; Rep. Maxine Waters to face ethics charges.

I even weighed in on a gentleman that I have known for a long time and recently got to meet in person, and happen to actually like, Rep. Joe Driver (TX-113); State Rep. Joe Driver of Garland double-billed for travel.

I talked with Joe Driver by phone on Thursday morning. He called regarding
The Rowlett TEA Party Candidates Forum that we are sponsoring on Sept. 25th, and in talking I told him, straight up, how I feel about these accusations that have been leveled against him, and I referenced back to the Tom DeLay campaign finance investigation and the words I said to and about Mr. DeLay.

I told Tom DeLay this; “If they can prove you guilty of intentional misdeeds, you need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If they can’t prove you guilty, they need to leave you the hell alone and let you get on with your life.�

Joe Driver took those words in the spirit in which they were meant. Mr. Driver may have made a mistake, but he is a man of principle. Joe Driver even agreed with that take on matters and the prosecution of crimes.

Apparently, Mr. DeLay didn’t.

A while back DeLay had a link to my blog on his page. It seems they really liked my no nonsense approach and highly un-PC way of getting to the heart of the matter. Until it came to speaking out about Mr. DeLay himself. After I said those words to Mr. DeLay, they dropped the link to my blog and banned me from their site.

I guess the truth hurts sometimes.

As I said to Mr. DeLay and Mr. Driver, I say again to Eddie Bernice Johnson, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, and any other person that’s in public office, “If they can prove you guilty of intentional misdeeds, you need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If they can’t prove you guilty, they need to leave you the hell alone and let you get on with your life.�

I don’t care what color they are, I don’t care which political party they belong to, if they are, in fact, crooks, take them OUT and make graphic examples of them and highly publicize their punishment.

Anyone can make a mistake, but an elected official that intentionally breaks the public trust is, in MY not so humble opinion, the lowest form of humanity on the face of the earth!

And there’s one other thing I feel I MUST address here, the very top paragraph of the original story, which says;

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