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The people in NOLA went with 'Deep Freeze' Jefferson

U.S. Rep. William Jefferson was re-elected in a runoff last night. All I can say is that it definitely will hamper the recovery of the city to have this clown on the Hill, who was caught with $90K of bribe money in his freezer by the FBI, back in DC. Even worse, Jefferson played the Jeebus/anti-gay card in the last days of the campaign to tie up the religious black vote. Sad. (AP)

In complete but unofficial returns, Jefferson, Louisiana’s first black congressman since Reconstruction, received 57 percent of the vote over state Rep. Karen Carter, who had 43 percent.

…”I guess the people are happy with the status-quo,” she said.

And, of course, race played a role, even though both candidates were black.

Whites, who overwhelmingly voted for Carter in the primary and have been her most enthusiastic financial backers, believed a Jefferson win would confirm this city’s image as corrupt and untrustworthy as it asks the nation to fund its recovery from Katrina.

City Councilman Oliver Thomas said Jefferson’s victory would make the recovery more difficult.

“People are watching this election all around the country and I can only imagine what they are thinking,” Thomas said. “It will be very difficult to go back to them and ask them to trust us with the money we need here.”

One black voter who cast her ballot for Jefferson cited her desire to let him “finish the job” and said “I know Karen Carter would be the first black woman, but I think she played it dirty, too dirty.” Jeebus.

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