Wednesday, March 3, 2010, PM | 1 Comment
How to resign from Congressional posts is easy. You call a press conference. You say “I want to resign and then resign.” Give your resignation to the Speaker of the House or I am guessing now, to the President of the Senate if you are a Senator. Who controls the Senate and the House? You guessed it. Not we, the people. Instead, there is another type of creature that’s roaming around on the surface of the earth better known as lobbyists.
The following is a list of Senators and House Reps. that have resigned from their powerful and authoritative offices. The names are not mentioned in any particular order. So be my guest to put them in order – from worse to less worse or from less worse to worse. Notice that for comparison, I am not using the word better, English not being my first language.
You need to do your own research more deeply about where they came from and how they got elected to their offices. Or maybe perhaps, you just don’t give a shit “no more”. I sure don’t. I guess the job finally caught up with them. I say they are to be commended for staying in their offices as long as they did. The beautiful sentences against their names were written by someone on Christian Science Monitor website. Salute’.
- Rep. Charles Rangel (D) of New York – stepped down today from his post as chair of the House Ways and Means committee. Has been dogged by real estate and tax scandals since July, 2008.
- Rep. James Traficant (D) of Ohio – was voted out of Congress for unethical behavior in 2002, and was convicted of accepting bribes and taking kickbacks. He served seven years in prison and was released in 2009.
- Rep. Tom Delay (R) of Texas – stepped down in 2005 after indictment for alleged criminal violations of state campaign finance laws. The case never went to trial.
- Rep. Rick Renzi (R) of Arizona – this month sees the first of two trials dealing with charges of fraud, money laundering and extortion stemming from a 2005 land swap deal.
- Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D) of Illinois – former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was indicted on corruption charges tied to the House post office scandal in 1994. He pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 1996, served 15 months in prison, and was pardoned by President Clinton in 2000.
- Rep. Bob Ney (R) of Ohio – was convicted in 2006 of conspiracy connected to his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.
- Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham (R) of California – resigned from Congress in 2005 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. He admitting taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors.
- Rep. Mark Foley (R) of Florida – resigned from Congress in 2006 after allegations surfaced that he had sent suggestive e-mails and instant messages to underage Congressional pages.
- Rep. Jim Wright (D) of Texas – a former speaker of the House, resigned in 1989 over ethics violations involving a book deal, speaker fees, and gift limits.
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia – was reprimanded by the House for ethics violations over book deal in 1997 – a first for a Speaker – and fined $300,000. He was later cleared of 83 other ethics charges.
- Rep. William Jefferson (D) of Louisiana – was convicted of bribery, money laundering and racketeering in November 2009, and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
In a Nutshell
In any society – first world, second world or third world – when folks in authority, elected or not, start to think that they have gained so much power that they are not answerable to their own nation, then these kinds of “crimes” or mishaps are bound to happen. Not trying to be too religious about it, I say they are answerable to a higher authority known in politics, you guessed it right, as lobbyists.
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