William "Deep Freeze Dollars" Jefferson has to go
You’d think the people in the 2nd Congressional District would toss U.S. Rep. William Jefferson out on his ass. After all, the man was caught with $90K in bribery booty stashed in his freezer, storing the loot in “various frozen food containers” and as well as wrapping some of it in aluminum foil.
Even with that, he managed to squeak out enough votes in November (30% of the vote) to force a runoff. That runoff is Saturday and he’s scrambling for support. (AOL):
Bernie Pinsonat, a pollster, said Jefferson is putting all he has into the race not just to keep his political fortunes alive. “It’s very much in his favor to remain a congressman facing all these legal problems,” he said. “It’s tougher to convict an elected official.”
…In Saturday’s runoff he faces state Rep. Karen Carter, a well-financed and energetic lawyer angling to become the first black female from Louisiana to ever hold a seat in Congress.
Carter, 37, has outpaced Jefferson handily in fundraising but she’s had a harder time convincing the political establishment of her worthiness and many heavy hitters in city politics have thrown their weight behind Jefferson despite his legal troubles. She won 22 percent of the vote in the primary.
The sleazy Congressman, in his rabid desperation to hold on to power is even trying to play the gay card — even though he has had a 100% HRC score in the past.
Jefferson has tried to soften voters’ opinions of his legal troubles by invoking stories about how he has turned to God in these “difficult times.” In turn, Jefferson has cast Carter in attack ads as a socially liberal Democrat who supports same-sex marriages and late-term abortions.
Cheron Brylski, Carter’s spokeswoman, said Jefferson had distorted Carter’s record and his own record of support for same-sex marriages and some forms of abortion.
Jefferson’s also the lowlife who used the National Guard troops to check his property and rescue his personal belongings from his New Orleans home after Katrina struck — while people were dying at the Superdome.
The water reached to the third step of Jefferson’s house, a military source familiar with the incident told ABC News, and the vehicle pulled up onto Jefferson’s front lawn so he wouldn’t have to walk in the water. Jefferson went into the house alone, the source says, while the soldiers waited on the porch for about an hour.
Jefferson, by the way, landed on Rolling Stone’s 10 Worst Congressmen list.
While his constituents back home were still reeling from the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, Jefferson was lining his own pockets in Washington. In May, the FBI raided his office after the Louisiana Democrat was caught accepting $100,000 in bribes — most of which was later discovered in Jefferson’s freezer. Vernon Jackson, the CEO of iGate, was sentenced to seven years for bribing Jefferson to push the tech company’s products on the U.S. Army.