Third Democrat saying they will clean up the corruption goes down in flames

It is quite humorous that the very Democrats who claimed they were holier than thou and promised to bring respect back to their office end up falling dramatically on their face with their own arrogant acts. If we have these many incidents without one party control, it will be interesting to see the corruption the new Democratic one party rule will bring. All three of these flamed out just this year. I hope someone is keeping count.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/rod.blagojevich.charged.2.883170.html

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...state of Illinois I hope that the people of Illinois will be more careful whom they elect next to the office. Maybe no Democrat should ever be elected to any office since we all know that they are all guilty of some malfeasance. No one in the Republican Party in Ohio has ever taken money from the state to invest, and failed in his/her financial duties. Perhaps we should only elect the wealthy to office since they should have no reason to steal from the state's coffers. And we would not have to worry about public financing. Yeah for Mitt Romney, and Franklin Roosevelt.

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The

system makes it easy to get corrupt, that is why there are so many on both sides falling down (e.g. Stevens and Cunningham). But what makes these three unique is how spectacular they have fallen after they promised to clean things up and how quickly.

Spitzer's failing was a personal problem (i.e. no taxpayer money). I don't know if this equals "corropution", as Chris would say. Blagojevich is truly a piece of work.

Pink Slip

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sure companies follow the law, then engages in illegal prostitution? That is not a "personal failing," but a hypocrite. Blagojevich did not want taxpayer money either. His "personal failing" is he wanted to get rich. Can't blame a man for looking out for his own personal interests, except he said he would clean up - hypocrite #2. Marc Dann just completely abused power at taxpayer expense and with his own "personal failings." They are more similar than you care to admit.

Maybe. I get your point. Maybe I'm just not as judgmental of people who break laws based on morality. But laws are laws...

Pink Slip

Pink Slip

Beers on the house. Pink Slip said "I get your point" :)

Well, I will give everyone 5 bubble points who asks for them to honor this day.

I want my bubbles.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

....the republican party promised and quickly failed when Bush took office in 2001 and they had one party control. Which was a platform done in response to the Clinton scandals, capital and lowercase s. Politics is corrupt, plain and simple, and both parties are surely great at capitalizing on the other's rise to control and inevitable scandals that surface, and then promptly getting embroiled in the same crap that they were building a platform against.

Makes me sad they couldn't at least WAIT to get caught until the presidency started ;) Sheesh. Or maybe they get bonus points (er, lighter sentences?) for being ahead of the game?

choose points for being ahead of the game. Good point. I just can't help but notice the dramatic rise and fall of those three based on the fact they are going to clean up. Stevens and Cunningham never said they were going to clean up-well maybe they did, just in a different way :)

For a positive dialogue. He won the election, so he is happy now I think.

Blagojevich just lowered the bar for arrogant malfeasance. While I know that pay-to-play happens far too often in politics, after reading the transcripts even this jaded observer was jarred into uneasiness. Blagojevich sounds almost like a Mafia thug in his shameless ploys to turn Obama's election into his personal gain, and he makes Dan Rostenkowski look like a regular Capuchin monk.

http://historymike.blogspot.com/

I agree Blagojevich has to go... (go to jail that is).

What did the Right think about Fitzgerald only a short time ag?

Rich Lowry:

Fitzgerald let himself become an instrument of
political blood lust.


Newsmax:

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is said to be
"non-partisan" and "apolitical" - but as U.S.
attorney in Chicago, a job he continues to hold as
he heads up the Leakgate probe, the targets of his
investigations into political corruption have been
overwhelmingly Republican.

Kay Bailey
Hutchison:

I think we are seeing grand juries and U.S.
attorneys and district attorneys that go for
technicalities, sort of a gotcha mentality in this
country.


Bill Kristol:

He is now out to discredit the Bush administration.

Mark
Steyn:

The cloud over the White House is Fitzgerald's...If
he dislikes Bush and Cheney and the Iraq war,
whoopee: Run against them, or donate to the
Democrats, or get a talk-radio show. Instead, he
chose in full knowledge of the truth to maintain
artificially a three-year cloud over the White House
while the anti-Bush left frantically mistook its
salivating for the first drops of a downpour. The
result is the disgrace of Scooter Libby. Big deal.
Patrick Fitzgerald's disgrace is the greater, and a
huge victory not for justice or the law but for the
criminalization of politics.


Tucker Carlson:

You shouldn't have these freelancers, like this
lunatic Fitzgerald, running around destroying
people's lives for no good reason.

Personaly, Fitzgerald just strikes me as a guy doing well...

...Blagojevich. I searched every instance of the word "senate", and could not find where Blagojevich had actually tried to bribe a candidate for the vacant senate seat. That is good news for the Democrats (what little there is).

All those who had even a whiff of this, and did not "snitch" to the federal authorities probably are as much to blame as the Governor. I think it takes two to make a successful bribe (the side willing to give it and the side willing to take it). It begins to remind one of Imperial Rome with efforts by the wealthy to buy Senate seats. Though in this case it is an upper middle-class member trying to join the wealthy. He might have been the worst President for hire we had ever elected if he had his way. Maybe that is why we need men with their own wealth in Congress.

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...look better. Perhaps we need to look at anything these men did that was in the public interest. At least Ryan, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Ryan, did something in the public interest to make Illinois' death penalty look more just. These men did things that only took a few minutes out of each day of their work that have tarnished them (and their families) as long as they are remembered. If you go into politics or civil service try not to be too greedy, or maybe go into it if you are wealthy to begin with.

Maybe it is time that we looked at Tom Noe again.

Old South End Broadway

the guys looks like Roman Polanski with a bad hairpiece.

It's all pretty incredible; this clown might end up setting new standards for Illinois corruption and that's a tall order.

Looks like Jesse Jackson Jr. is in the middle of it.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/ConductUnbecoming/Story?id=6431739&page=1

Because real politicians aren't for sale to the Unions, to the highest bidder, to the envronmentalist nut-jubs, to Code Pink, and the rest of the DNC owners.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

That's hot! If you didn't see that on a bumper sticker, start printing. All you need is a portrait photo of Blagojevich to make it complete.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/traficant1.html

 

"James Traficant, the hairhat-wearing former Ohio congressman, was photographed at the Summit County, Ohio jail in July 2002. The disgraced Democrat was awaiting transfer to a federal prison where he will serve eight years after being found guilty of racketeering, bribery, and fraud charges. "

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

Because not everyone can be on welfare.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

“In court papers, the FBI said Blagojevich expressed frustration at being ‘stuck’ as governor. ‘I want to make money,’ the governor, whose salary is $177,412, was quoted as saying in one conversation.”

I guess that I do not understand this. I would have thought that someone would have realized there was a problem, and counseled him, or cautioned him, not to do these things. Instead, he seems to have been “enabled” by his staff to commit bribery. Also, with such a salary, government housing, probably free meals on occasion, why would he need so much more? Was he unfortunate in the choice of a spouse (one who wanted more than he was providing), or did he aspire to a different socio-economic stratum. Well it seems as though the stratum he will be associating with in the near future will be more physical than fiscal.

Old South End Broadway

Notice how may are from the Chicago area?

Rep. Mel Reynolds (D) Illinois- received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He is more notorious, however, for concurrently serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer.
http://www.chicagoreporter.com/2001/1-2001/sentencing/Mel.htm

ex-Gov. Grey Davis (D) California - Actress Cybil Shepherd has just announced that she and davis had an affair when he was 24 and she was 16
http://radio.weblogs.com/0121911/2003/08/17.html

ex-Pres. Bill Clinton (D) - Paula Corbin Jones filed suit in 1994, alleging that Bill Clinton propositioned her and exposed himself to her in a Little Rock hotel room three years earlier, when he was governor of Arkansas and she was a low-level state employee.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/pjones/pjones.htm

ex-Gov. Daniel Walker (D) Illinois - Governor Walker once had presidential aspirations. After leaving the gubernatorial office however, Walker served time in federal prison for crimes related to his business and personal finances.
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

ex-Gov. Otto Kerner (D) Illinois - convicted on 17 counts of conspiracy, fraud, perjury, bribery, and income tax evasion
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

Secretary of State Paul Powell (D) - dead in his Springfield hotel room with shoe boxes containing $800,000 of unexplained money
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

Secretary of State Jesse White (D) - give $175,000 OF TAXPAYER MONEY to a "friend"
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

Treasurer Jerry Cosentino (D) - Plead guilty to bank fraud in 1992 and subsequently served nine months of home confinement.
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D) Illinois - Conspired with her siblings to hide $28,750 which was legally required to go to Medicaid. Though never charged with this crime, the U.S. Senate fined her.
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

Congressman Gus Savage (D) Illinios - met a female Peace Corps worker who was sent to brief him. He reportedly grabbed her, kissed, her, and attempted to take advantage of her
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

Congressman Mel Reynolds (D) Illinois - Convicted of sex crimes, child pornography, and obstruction of justice in 1995 and forced to resign his seat. Convicted of obstruction, bank fraud, and wire fraud in 1997.
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (D) Illinois - Pled guilty to misuse of public funds and mail fraud in 1996. Also pardoned by Bill Clinton.
http://members.aol.com/votebuzz/cr/perspective.html

Senator John D'Arco (D) - Convicted of extortion and filing false tax returns. Subsequently convicted of additional charges of extortion and bribery in a second trial.

Senator Bruce Farley (D) - Convicted of mail fraud.

Representative Joe Kotlarz (D) - Convicted in 1997 of theft and conspiracy for pocketing close to $200,000 during a sale of state land to a company he once served as legal counsel.

Alderman Percy Giles (D) Chicago - racketeering, extortion, attempted extortion, extortion conspiracy, mail fraud, filing false tax returns

Alderman Lawrence Bloom (D) Chicago - tax fraud

Alderman Virgil Jones (D) Chicago - extortion, conspiracy, filing false tax returns

Cook County Treasurer Edward Rosewell (D) - mail fraud

Alderman John Madrzyk (D) - mail fraud

Alderman Joseph Martinez (D) - ghost payrolling

Alderman Allan Streeter (D) - extortion, filing false tax return

Metro Water Reclamation District President Thomas Fuller (D) - racketeering, conspiracy, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion, attempted bribery, mail fraud, filing false tax returns

Alderman Jesse Evans (D) - racketeering, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion, mail fraud, influence peddling, filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice

Alderman Ambrosio Medrano (D) - extortion

Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Maloney, Jr. (D) - racketeering, extortion, obstruction of justice

Alderman Fred Roti bribery (D) - extortion, racketeering

Gov. Edwin Edwards, Clinton-Gore Campaign and Democrat Party - Loral Alleges Kickbacks to The Clinton-Gore Campaign and Democrat Party in Exchange for Trade Mission Seats and Export Licenses
http://www.judicialwatch.org/archive/2000/printer_520.shtml

Mayor Marion Barry (D) - possession of cocaine
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/tours/scandal/barry.htm

Rep. Gary Condit (D) California- suspect in Chandra Levy's murder/disappearance

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) Massachusetts- accident report regarding the death of Mary Jo Kopecne remains sealed to this day.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

* Republican activist and former chairman of the Christian County Republicans Royce Fessenden pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree statutory sodomy.

* Republican parole board officer and former legislator Chris Ortloff was arrested for attempting to lure 11- and 12-year-old girls to have sex with him.

* Republican legislative aide Robert R. Groezinger was arrested for possessing child pornography.

* Republican legislator Robert A. McKee pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

* Republican legislator Scott Muschany was charged with molesting a 14-year old girl.

* Republican chief of staff Eric Feltner pleaded guilty to showing pornography to a 13-year old girl.

* Republican presidential campaign official Matthew Joseph Elliott was convicted of sexual exploitation of a child.

* Republican Party Chairman Donald Fleischman was charged with two counts of child enticement, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and a single charge of exposing himself to a child.

* Republican prosecutor John David Roy Atchison was arrested for soliciting sex from a 5-year old girl, then killed himself three weeks later. At the time of his arrest, Atchison was an "assistant U.S. attorney" appointed by President Bush's attorney general.

* Republican city councilman John Bryan killed himself after police began investigating allegations that he had molested three girls, including two of his adopted daughters, ages 12 and 15.

* Republican legislator Ted Klaudt was charged with raping girls under the age of 16.

* Republican city councilman Joseph Monteleone Jr. was found guilty of fondling underage girls.

* Republican congressional aide Jeffrey Nielsen was arrested for having sex with a 14-year old boy.

* Republican County Commissioner Patrick Lee McGuire surrendered to police after allegedly molesting girls between the ages of 8 and 13.

* Republican prosecutor Larry Corrigan was arrested for soliciting sex from 13-year old girls.

* Republican Mayor Jeffrey Kyle Randall was sentenced to 275 days in jail for molesting two boys -- ages ten and 12 -- during a six-year period.

* Republican County Board Candidate Brent Schepp was charged with molesting a 14-year old girl and killed himself three days later.

* Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after "sexually explicit" emails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year old boy.

* Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.

* Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.

* Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting sex from an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.

* Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

* Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.

* Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.

* Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano pleaded guilty to fondling a 14-year-old girl.

* Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.

* Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.

* Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

* Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child pornography over the internet.

* Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.

* Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

* Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

* Republican Committeeman John R. Curtin was convicted of molesting an underage teenage boy and sentenced to serve six to 18 months in prison.

* Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.

* Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.

* Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

* Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

* Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

* Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

* Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

* Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two 8-year old girls, one of whom appeared in an anti-Gore television commercial.

* Republican fundraiser Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

* Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

* Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

* Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.

* Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.

* Republican campaign chairman Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child and was arrested again five years later on the same charge.

* Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.

* Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

* Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer.

* Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

* Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.

* Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.

* Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.

* Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.

* Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced prison after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

* Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

* Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

* Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

* Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.

* Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

* Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

* Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl.

* Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.

* Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.

* Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.

* Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.

* Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

* Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.

* Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

* Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.

* Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

* Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

* Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

* Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.

* Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

* Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.

* Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.

And that's just the pedophilia list...

Pink Slip

Have to run and don't have time to Goggle this:

Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

WTF?????

...Democrats who decide they should have gone into jobs where they could make a wad, or Republicans who wish they'd shot their wad when younger.

Old South End Broadway

Republicans who wish they'd shot their wad when younger.

This is bad, but I could have sworn that this said Republicans who wish they'd shot their wad at a youngster

Pink Slip

Pink Slip

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (Democrat): He announced his resignation Wednesday after allegations of frequenting a call-girl service.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Democrat): Text messages indicate he had an extramarital affair with his chief of staff. He could be forced to resign.

New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey (Democrat): McGreevey resigned three months after admitting in 2004 that he had had an extramarital affair with a male employee.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Democrat): Announced he had a 2007 extramarital affair with a television reporter covering City Hall. He has since filed for divorce from his wife, and remains in office.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (Democrat): The mayor admitted an extramarital affair in 2007 with the wife of his former deputy chief of staff.

Modesto Rep. Gary Condit (Democrat): Authorities revealed Condit had an extramarital affair in 2001 with intern Chandra Levy, who had disappeared. In 2002, he lost a primary election, and Levy’s remains were found in a Washington park. The case is still unsolved.

President Bill Clinton (Democrat): He was impeached in 1998 by the House for perjury and obstruction of justice regarding a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and lying under oath in a civil lawsuit. He was acquitted by the Senate.

Colorado Sen. Gary Hart (Democrat): He was considered the front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination until the press uncovered his extramarital affair with 29-year-old model Donna Rice. He dropped out of the race a week later.

Ohio Rep. Wayne Hays (Democrat): He resigned from Congress in 1976 after his mistress, Elizabeth Ray, said he hired her as part of his staff.

Arkansas Rep. Wilbur Mills (Democrat): In 1974, he was intoxicated and had facial cuts from a scuffle with Argentine stripper Fanne Foxe when Washington police stopped their car. She tried to escape by jumping into the nearby Tidal Basin. Mills was re-elected.

William Jefferson Clinton- Impeached by the House of Representatives over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice, but acquitted by the Senate. Scandals include Whitewater - Travelgate Gennifer Flowersgate - Filegate - Vince Fostergate - Whitewater Billing Recordsgate - Paula Jonesgate- Lincoln Bedroomgate - Donations from Convicted Drug and Weapons Dealersgate - Lippogate - Chinagate - The Lewinsky Affair - Perjury and Jobs for Lewinskygate - Kathleen Willeygate - Web Hubbell Prison Phone Callgate - Selling Military Technology to the Chinesegate - Jaunita Broaddrick Gate - Lootergate - Pardongate

Edward Moore Kennedy - Democrat - U. S. Senator from Massachusetts. Pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, after his car plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.

Barney Frank - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1981 to present. Admitted to having paid Stephen L. Gobie, a male prostitute, for sex and subsequently hiring Gobie as his personal assistant. Gobie used the congressman's Washington apartment for prostitution. A move to expel Frank from the House of Representatives failed and a motion to censure him failed.

DNC - The Federal Election Commission imposed $719,000 in fines against participants in the 1996 Democratic Party fundraising scandals involving contributions from China, Korea and other foreign sources. The Federal Election Commission said it decided to drop cases against contributors of more than $3 million in illegal DNC contributions because the respondents left the country or the corporations are defunct.

Sandy Berger - Democrat - National Security Advisor during the Clinton Administration. Berger became the focus of a criminal investigation after removing highly classified terrorism documents and handwritten notes from the National Archives during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings.

Robert Torricelli - Democrat - Withdrew from the 2002 Senate race with less than 30 days before the election because of controversy over personal gifts he took from a major campaign donor and questions about campaign donations from 1996.

James McGreevey - Democrat - New Jersey Governor . Admitted to having a gay affair. Resigned after allegations of sexual harassment, rumors of being blackmailed on top of fundraising investigations and indictments.

Jesse Jackson - Democrat - Democratic candidate for President. Admitted to having an extramarital affair and fathering a illegitimate child.

Gary Condit - Democrat - US Democratic Congressman from California. Condit had an affair with an intern. Condit, covered up the affair and lied to police after she went missing. No charges were ever filed against Condit. Her remains were discovered in a Washington DC park..

Eliot Spitzer- Democrat - New York governor - resigned from office after being tied to a prostitution ring.

Sowande Ajumoke Omokunde - Democrat - the son of newly elected U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, was booked on charges of criminal damage to property for allegedly slashing tires on 20 vans and cars rented by the Republican Party for use in Election Day voter turnout efforts.

Daniel David Rostenkowski - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1959 to 1995. Indicted on 17 felony charges- pleaded guilty to two counts of misuse of public funds and sentenced to seventeen months in federal prison.

Melvin Jay Reynolds - Democrat U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1993 to 1995. Convicted on sexual misconduct and obstruction of justice charges and sentenced to five years in prison.

Wayne Bryant - Democrat NJ state senator- was convicted was found guilty on all 12 counts against him including bribery and pension fraud.

Charles Coles Diggs, Jr. - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Michigan from 1955 to 1980. Convicted on eleven counts of mail fraud and filing false payroll forms- sentenced to three years in prison.

George Rogers - Democrat - Massachusetts State House of Representatives from 1965 to 1970. M000ember of Massachusetts State Senate from 1975 to 1978. Convicted of bribery in 1978 and sentenced to two years in prison.

Don Siegelman - Democrat Governor Alabama - indicted in a bid-rigging scheme involving a maternity-care program. The charges accused Siegelman and his former chief of staff of helping Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo rig bids. Siegelman was accused of moving $550,000 from the state education budget to the State Fire College in Tuscaloosa so Bobo could use the money to pay off a competitor for a state contract for maternity care.

John Murtha, Jr. - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; Murtha was cited as an unindicted co-conspirator

Gerry Eastman Studds - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1973 to 1997. The first openly gay member of Congress. Censured by the House of Representatives for having sexual relations with a teenage House page.

James C. Green - Democrat - North Carolina State House of Representatives from 1961 to 1977. Charged with accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent, but was acquitted. Convicted of tax evasion in 1997.

Frederick Richmond - Democrat - U.S. Representative from New York from 1975 to 1982. Arrested in Washington, D.C., in 1978 for soliciting sex from a minor and from an undercover police officer - pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Also - charged with tax evasion, marijuana possession, and improper payments to a federal employee - pleaded guilty.

Raymond Lederer - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1981. Implicated in the Abscam sting - convicted of bribery and sentenced to three years in prison and fined $20,000.

Harrison Arlington Williams, Jr. - Democrat - U.S. Senator from New Jersey from 1959 to 1970. Implicated in the Abscam sting. Allegedly accepted an 18% interest in a titanium mine. Convicted of nine counts of bribery, conspiracy, receiving an unlawful gratuity, conflict of interest, and interstate travel in aid of racketeering. Sentenced to three years in prison and fined $50,000.

Frank Thompson, Jr. - Democrat - U.S. Representative from New Jersey from 1955 to 1980. Implicated in the Abscam sting, convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges. Sentenced to three years in prison

Michael Joseph Myers - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1976 to 1980. Implicated in the Abscam sting - convicted of bribery and conspiracy; sentenced to three years in prison and fined $20,000; expelled from the House of Representatives on October 2, 1980.

John Michael Murphy - Democrat - U.S. Representative from New York from 1963 to 1981. Implicated in the Abscam sting. Convicted of conspiracy, conflict of interest, and accepting an illegal gratuity. Sentenced to three years in prison and fined $20,000.

John Wilson Jenrette, Jr - Democrat - U.S. Representative from South Carolina from 1975 to 1980. Implicated in the Abscam sting. Convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges and sentenced to prison

Neil Goldschmidt - Democrat - Oregon governor. Admitted to having an illegal sexual relationship with a 14-year-old teenager while he was serving as Mayor of Portland.

Alcee Lamar Hastings - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Florida. Impeached and removed from office as federal judge in 1989 over bribery charges.

Marion Barry - Democrat - mayor of Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1999. Convicted of cocaine possession after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine. Sentenced to six months in prison.

Mario Biaggi - Democrat - U.S. Representative from New York from 1969 to 1988. Indicted on federal charges that he had accepted bribes in return for influence on federal contracts.Convicted of obstructing justice and accepting illegal gratuities. Tried in 1988 on federal racketeering charges and convicted on 15 felony counts.

Lee Alexander - Democrat - Mayor of Syracuse, N.Y. from 1970 to 1985. Was indicted over a $1.5 million kickback scandal. Pleaded guilty to racketeering and tax evasion charges. Served six years in prison.

Bill Campbell - Democrat - Mayor of Atlanta. Indicted and charged with fraud over claims he accepted improper payments from contractors seeking city contracts.

Frank Ballance - Democrat - Congressman North Carolina. Pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering related to mishandling of money by his charitable foundation.

Hazel O'Leary - Democrat - Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration - O'leary took trips all over the world as Secretary with as many 50 staff members and at times rented a plane, which was used by Madonna during her concert tours.

Lafayette Thomas - Democrat - Candidate for Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1954. Sheriff of Davidson County, from 1972 to 1990. Indicted in federal court on 54 counts of abusing his power as sheriff. Pleaded guilty to theft and mail fraud; sentenced to five years in prison.

Mary Rose Oakar - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1977 to 1993. Pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of funneling $16,000 through fake donors.

David Giles - Democrat - candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington in 1986 and 1990. Convicted in June 2000 of child rape.

Gary Siplin - Democrat state senator Florida- found guilty of third-degree grand theft of $5,000 or more, a felony, and using services of employees for his candidacy.

Edward Mezvinsky - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Iowa from 1973 to 1977. Indicted on 56 federal fraud charges.

Lena Swanson - Democrat - Member of Washington State Senate in 1997. Pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting unlawful payments from veterans and former prisoners of war.

Abraham J. Hirschfeld - Democrat - candidate in Democratic primary for U.S. Senator from New York in 1974 and 1976. Offered Paula Jones $1 million to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton. Convicted in 2000 of trying to hire a hit man to kill his business partner.

Henry Cisneros - Democrat - U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997. Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying to the FBI.

James A. Traficant Jr. - Member of House of Representatives from Ohio. Expelled from Congress after being convicted of corruption charges. Sentenced today to eight years in prison for accepting bribes and kickbacks.

John Doug Hays - Democrat - member of Kentucky State Senate from 1980 to 1982 Found guilty of mail fraud for submitting false campaign reports stemming from an unsuccessful run for judge. He was sentenced to six months in prison to be followed by six months of home confinement and three years of probation.

Henry J. Cianfrani - Democrat - Pennsylvania State Senate from 1967 to 1976. Convicted on federal charges of racketeering and mail fraud for padding his Senate payroll. Sentenced to five years in federal prison.

David Hall - Democrat - Governor of Oklahoma from 1971 to 1975. Indicted on extortion and conspiracy charges. Convicted and sentenced to three years in prison.

John A. Celona - Democrat - A former state senator was charged with the three counts of mail fraud. Federal prosecutors accused him of defrauding the state and collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from CVS Corp. and others while serving in the legislature. Celona has agreed to plead guilty to taking money from the CVS pharmacy chain and other companies that had interest in legislation. Under the deal, Celona agreed to cooperate with investigators. He faces up to five years in federal prison on each of the three counts and a $250,000 fine

Allan Turner Howe - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Utah from 1975 to 1977. Arrested for soliciting a policewoman posing as a prostitute.

Jerry Cosentino - Democrat - Illinois State Treasurer. Pleaded guilty to bank fraud - fined $5,000 and sentenced to nine months home confinement.

Joseph Waggonner Jr. - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Louisiana from 1961 to 19 79. Arrested in Washington, D.C. for soliciting a policewoman posing as a prostitute

Albert G. Bustamante - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Texas from 1985 to 1993. Convicted in 1993 on racketeering and bribery charges and sentenced to prison.

Lawrence Jack Smith - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Florida from 1983 to 1993. Sentenced to three months in federal prison for tax evasion.

David Lee Walters - Democrat - Governor of Oklahoma from 1991 to 1995. Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor election law violation.

James Guy Tucker, Jr. - Democrat - Governor of Arkansas from 1992 to 1996. Resigned in July 1996 after conviction on federal fraud charges as part of the Whitewater investigation.

Walter Rayford Tucker - Democrat - Mayor of Compton, California from 1991 to 1992; U.S. Representative from California from 1993 to 1995. Sentenced to 27 months in prison for extortion and tax evasion.

William McCuen - Democrat - Secretary of State of Arkansas from 1985 to 1995. Admitted accepting kickbacks from two supporters he gave jobs, and not paying taxes on the money. Admitted to conspiring with a political consultant to split $53,560 embezzled from the state in a sham transaction. He was indicted on corruption charges. Pleaded guilty to felony counts tax evasion and accepting a kickback. Sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Walter Fauntroy - Democrat - Delegate to U.S. Congress from the District of Columbia from 1971 to 1991. Charged in federal court with making false statements on financial disclosure forms. Pleaded guilty to one felony count and sentenced to probation.

Carroll Hubbard, Jr. - Democrat - Kentucky State Senate from 1968 to 1975 and U.S. Representative from Kentucky from 1975 to 1993. Pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Federal Elections Commission and to theft of government property; sentenced to three years in prison.

Joseph Kolter - Democrat - member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1969 to 1982 and U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1983 to 1993. Indicted by a Federal grand jury on five felony charges of embezzlement at the U.S. House post office. Pleaded guilty.

Webster Hubbell - Democrat - Chief Justice of Arkansas State Supreme Court in 1983. Pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges - sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Nicholas Mavroules - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 1979 to 1993. Pleaded guilty to charges of tax fraud and accepting gratuities while in office.

Carl Christopher Perkins - Democrat - Kentucky State House of Representatives from 1981 to 1984 and U.S. Representative from Kentucky from 1985 to 1993. Pleaded guilty to bank fraud in connection with the House banking scandal. Perkins wrote overdrafts totaling about $300,000. Pleaded guilty to charges of filing false statements with the Federal Election Commission and false financial disclosure reports. Sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Richard Hanna - Democrat - U.S. Representative from California from 1963 to 1974. Received payments of about $200,000 from a Korean businessman in what became known as the "Koreagate" influence buying scandal. Pleaded guilty and sentenced to federal prison.

Angelo Errichetti - Democrat - New Jersey State Senator was sentenced to six years in prison and fined $40,000 for his involvement in Abscam.

Daniel Baugh Brewster - Democrat - U.S. Senator from Maryland. Indicted on charges of accepting illegal gratuity while in Senate.

Thomas Joseph Dodd - Democrat - U.S. Senator from Connecticut. Censured by the Senate for financial improprieties, having diverted $116,000 in campaign and testimonial funds to his own use

Edward Fretwell Prichard, Jr. - Democrat - Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky. Convicted of vote fraud in federal court in connection with ballot-box stuffing. Served five months in prison.

Jerry Springer - Democrat - Resigned from Cincinnati City Council in 1974 after admitting to paying a prostitute with a personal check, which was found in a police raid on a massage parlor.

Guy Hamilton Jones, Sr. - Democrat -Arkansas State Senate. Convicted on federal tax charges and expelled from the Arkansas Senate.

Daniel Flood - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1945 to 1947, 1949 to 1953 and 1955 to 1980. Pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge involving payoffs and sentenced to probation.

Otto Kerner, Jr - Democrat - Governor of Illinois from 1961 to 1968. While serving as Governor, he and another official made a gain of over $300,000 in a stock deal. Convicted on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury, and related charges. Sentenced to three years in federal prison and fined $50,000.

George Crockett, Jr. - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Michigan. Served four months in federal prison for contempt of court following his defense of a Communist leader on trial for advocating the overthrow of the government.

Cornelius Edward Gallagher - Democrat - U.S. Representative from New Jersey from 1959 to 1973. Indicted on federal charges of income tax evasion, conspiracy, and perjury

Mark B. Jimenez - Democrat fundraiser - sentenced to 27 months in prison on charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit election financing offenses.

Bobby Lee Rush - Democrat - U.S. Representative from Illinois. As a Black Panther, spent six months in prison on a weapons charge.

Bolley ''Bo'' Johnson - Democrat - Former Florida House Speaker - received a two-year term for tax evasion.

Roger L. Green - Democrat - Brooklyn Democrat Assemblyman. Pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for accepting travel reimbursement for trips he did not pay for and was sentenced to fines and probation.

Gloria Davis - Democrat - Bronx assemblywoman. Pleaded guilty to second-degree bribe-taking.

AND THE FUNNIEST DAMN ONE OF ALL.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Frank
THE GAY DEMOCRAT IN CHARGE OF THE AUTO BAILOUT

In 1990, the House voted to reprimand Frank when it was revealed that Steve Gobie, a male escort whom Frank had befriended after hiring him through a personal advertisement, claimed to have conducted an escort service from Frank's apartment when he was not at home.[7] Frank fired Gobie earlier in 1990 and reported the incident to the House Ethics Committee after learning of Gobie's activities. After an investigation, the Ethics Committee found no evidence that Frank had known of or been involved in the alleged illegal activity and dismissed all of Gobie's more scandalous claims. [8][9] The committee recommended that Frank receive a formal reprimand for his relationship with a prostitute.[

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

A careful reading of the list(s) indicate that bribery and other financial crimes are included along with sexual crimes. One thing I do notice (though I haven't finished this long list) is that Democrats seem to be interested in persons above the age of consent (even Monica Lowinsky was over 21) while Republicans (rather like Ibn al Saud in his dotage) like them on the young side.

Old South End Broadway

Another important difference is that when a Republican is caught in a scandal,sexual or otherwise, his own party kicks him to the curb and demands his resignation.

When a Democrat is caught in a scandal, sexual or otherwise, Republicans kick him to the curb and call for his resignation...the Democrats either pipe up, or defend him visciously.

Is Jesse Jackson, Jr. defending Blagojevich? The man has not been convicted of anything, but I do not see anyone running to his defense (Democrat or Republican).

Old South End Broadway

What? Most of Noe’s angles are still active in the party and certainly respected by follow republicans after their involvement with funneling stolen tax payer money to George Bush’s campaign…

How about toe tapping Larry Craig? You know the guy trying to pick up guys in the restroom?
http://www.rollcall.com/news/breakingnews/19763-1.html

How about Senator David Vitter? You know they guy busted in the DC madam case?
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/16/vitter/

Apparently if you’re a Democratic governor you have to quit when connected to prostitutes, but when you’re a Republican senator, it ok.

SensorG says:
Apparently if you’re a Democratic governor you have to quit when connected to prostitutes, but when you’re a Republican senator, it ok.
Correction: If you are a Democrat governor, you have to quit--and face prosecution--when you negotiate the sale of an appointment to a legislative body of the government.

Both Larry Craig and David Vitter's actions are immoral--at least by my standards. Blogdogovich's are CORRUPT.

Those involved in sex-related scandals can still be effective leaders. (That's the song all of you Bill Clinton fans were singing way back when).

Further, the minute Larry Craig's restroom antics came to light, Republican legislators were on the air rebuking him.. Of course, they'd be assured a Republican could take his seat.

As for Vitter, he is applauded in Senate--shameful. The key difference here is that should Vitter be ousted, a Dem would be appointed.

Other key--and more significant--differences: Craig is caught in the act (albeit a strange codified act that somehow signals that you are interested in a sexual encounter in a restroom); Vitter's name shows up at the top of a list (a rather indicting list). Craig claims that there is some mistake; Vitter admits his failings, and claims that this was in the past. He's a changed man.

Gov. Blogo is ALSO caught in the act, AND threatens a fundamental principle of the founding of the nation. I'd also charge him with treasonous acts for abusing power of the office bestowed upon him by the people.

I'm not defending Blogo, no Democrat is.

This is an important distinction. NO ONE on the left has stuck up for Blagojevich. And everyone on the left has applauded the efforts of Patrick Fitzgerald. However it was quite a different story on the right with Fitzgerald's prosecution of Scooter Libbey.

Pink Slip

Pink Slip

Of course Blago could just appoint himself Senator. As convicted felon Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has proven, you can apparently still serve in the Senate

Pink Slip

Pink Slip

is as inane and moronic as lists containing Republicans engaged in similar wrong-doing, criminal activity and malfeasance.

It's clear the world of politics, including those in any and all parties and associations, breeds its own special brand of contemptable behaviour by the inhabitants of that world.

How true--and sad. What do you think it is ? Is it the power that perhaps goes to their heads? Does public service attract a particular element of society? Are they just simply subject to the same failings as the rest of humanity, yet held to high expectations because of their office?

My daughter will begin college next year in a political science pre-law program in hopes of becoming a POLITICIAN! Believe me, I am both worried and proud.

Being elected to public office means that the candidate has won a popularity contest - no more, no less. Think about other popular people and what they have to do to retain their fame - for example models, actors, rock stars all have jobs but those jobs don't affect many people except themselves. If a rock musician produces a CD that bombs, very few people get injured or lose their jobs. Meanwhile, the lifestyle they enjoy isn't studied or used as a moral example.

Politicians must first win the popularity contest, then are required to perform a completely unrelated task. The qualifications to succeed at one job (winning the election) do absolutely nothing to qualify the politico to succeed at the other job, helping to run the country.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

It's too bad... Illinois was going to get the best Senator money could buy. LOL

MikeyA

MikeyA

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