Monday, May 22, 2006

Another Kingfish Bites the Dust

Lousiana politics has had an unsavory reputation at least since the days of Huey Long, who was the inspiration for the Robert Penn Warren classic, All the Kings' Men. Long, known as "the Kingfish", was assassinated in 1935 and his career has become as synonymous with political corruption as that of former Chicago mayor Richard Daley.

A new Kingfish has emerged in the person of William Jefferson, who represents New Orleans in the House of Representatives.

From Breitbart:
A congressman under investigation for bribery was caught on videotape accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an FBI informant whose conversations with the lawmaker also were recorded, according to a court document released Sunday. Agents later found the cash hidden in his freezer.

At one audiotaped meeting, Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., chuckles about writing in code to keep secret what the government contends was his corrupt role in getting his children a cut of a communications company's deal for work in Africa.
This is the same man who was criticized for commandeering National Guard vehicles following Katrina for a mysterious mission to his flood-damaged house. No one ever found out just what documents were so important to Jefferson that he would use his authority as a Congressman to usurp scarce emergency vehicles and personnel to assure that they didn't fall into the wrong hands.

Via Stop the ACLU.