New Congress, Same Headache


On day one of the new Democratic Congress staffers are already finding that an old problem is giving them new headaches. Already Rep. William Jefferson – under investigation for accepting bribes and hiding $90,000 in cash in his freezer – has violated House rules by using his Congressional stationary to send a letter “asking colleagues to donate money to help him retire his campaign debt.” Roll Call notes, “It’s a no-no to use taxpayer resources to raise campaign dough.” One staffer jokes, “He’s got $90,000 in his freezer, why can’t he buy some stationery and stamps?” Jefferson’s staff say it’s a “tremendous staff error”. But, hey, New Orleans you guys voted for him! (Subscription free at Political Insider.)