October 14th, 2008 10:42 EST
Culture of Corruption Snares Another Democrat While Pelosi Snoozes!
In 2006, Republican Mark Foley did the honorable thing when news of his sex scandal was disclosed: He immediately resigned his seat in the House of Representatives.
At the time, Nancy Pelosi chalked up the Foley scalp as another ringing example of the "Culture of Corruption" run by and for Republicans.
Unfortunately for Pelosi and the Democrats, Tim Mahoney, the Democrat who captured Foley`s seat, has apparently entangled himself in not only a sexual tryst, but what appears to be a $120,000 payoff as well.
Unlike House Republicans who demanded that Foley leave, Democrats have circled the wagon around Mahoney in order to avoid losing that House seat.
Politics before principle, or so it appears.
From ABC News, this report:
"Senior Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives, including Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), the chair of the Democratic Caucus, have been working with Mahoney to keep the matter from hurting his re-election campaign, the Mahoney staffers said."
What about the integrity of the House and doing the business of the people, Rep. Emanuel? Is that just too much to expect from a Democrat?
Speaker Pelosi issued the following public statement:
"I just learned today about the serious allegations concerning Congressman Tim Mahoney. These charges must be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the House Ethics Committee."
Just learned about the scandal, Speaker Pelosi? Is that because you were too busy looking for non-existent corruption among Republicans to smell the stench on your own doorstep?
By the way, didn`t Pelosi advertise herself as the woman who would "clean up the House" ?
Judging from the likes of Tim Mahoney and Charles Rangel, that woman is just not up to the task!