Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Did Congresswoman Gwen Moore Support William Jefferson?

Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted to oust Louisiana Democratic Congressman William Jefferson from the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Jefferson has been photographed as part of a “sting” operation by the F.B.I. taking a bribe, and the Bureau found $90,000 in bribe money hidden in a freezer in his home.

Translation: although he hasn’t been convicted of anything yet, he’s pretty clearly guilty.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has pushed to remove Jefferson, in hopes of strengthening the party’s electoral strategy of running against the supposed Republican “culture of corruption.”

Jefferson is black, and the Congressional Black Caucus has resisted efforts to remove him.

We naturally would like to know where Marquette alumna and Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore has stood on this.

The vote on the House floor to oust Jefferson was a voice vote, but the day before (last Thursday) the Democratic Caucus voted, 99 to 58, to remove Jefferson. Such caucus votes are not public.

We have made a total of five phone calls to Congresswoman Moore’s office, asking where she stood on the issue.

The first was on June 8, when we first wrote about the issue, and the other four were on this past Friday, and on Monday (yesterday).

We have gotten no response. In other words: stonewall.

Moore is not listed in news accounts mentioning the few members of the Black Caucus who supported the ouster. So it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that she voted for Jefferson, and doesn’t want to admit it.

It seems that, with Moore, race trumps both good government and the interests of the Democratic Party.

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