Originally created 06/02/06

You want corruption? Look at the Dems

I guess Lowell Greenbaum's mom never told him about glass houses and throwing stones ("Now is the time to back Democrats," May 9). Consider the following Democrats: state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson, Savannah, convicted of stealing Georgia tourism funds; Rep. Frank Redding, Decatur, convicted of felony extortion; and state Sen. Ralph David Abernathy III, arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with marijuana (that was before he was indicted and convicted on fraud charges).

Sandy Berger, President Clinton's national security adviser, was fined $50,000 for taking then destroying classified documents from the National Archives. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown accepted a $50,000 Lexus from a convicted felon she had lobbied to free from prison. U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan resigned from the House Ethics Panel under (you guessed it) ethics charges. U.S. Rep. James Traficant, of Ohio, sentenced to eight years in prison, convicted of racketeering and accepting bribes. U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott lost his position on the House Ethics committee for violating state and federal wiretapping laws.

U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, sent to prison for sex with a teenaged subordinate - then pardoned by Bill Clinton (who had used a subordinate for sex) - then hired by a clergyman (the Rev. Jesse Jackson) who had also used a subordinate for sex. Federal judge Alcee Hastings, impeached and removed from office over bribery charges. Four years later, he was elected to Congress.

I could list dozens more, but space is limited.

Don't forget Chappaquidick, U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski's mail fraud conviction, U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney assaulting a Capitol policeman, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson of New Orleans, former House Speaker Jim Wright's book fraud scheme, our own former state Sen. Charles Walker and so many, many others.

Greenbaum says we have "no choice" but to vote Democrat. Unfortunately he has no other choice.

Both sides have their share of crooks. But show me one Republican who was elected or re-elected after being convicted - or even indicted.

Bob Gardner, Augusta


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