House Democrats, determined to make an election-year point about ethics, voted to strip Rep. William Jefferson of his committee assignment Thursday night while a federal bribery investigation runs its course.It's also the first time a Congressman has been caught with $90,000 of bribe money in his freezer. It's. Not. About. Race. You. Corrupt. Wanker.
Members of the rank and file approved the move after Jefferson refused for weeks to step aside on his own, and despite claims by some members of the Congressional Black Caucus that he was being treated unfairly.
Officials said the vote was 99-58. The action must be ratified by the full House, and Jefferson left open the possibility that he might at long last relent and surrender the seat on his own. “I don’t want to speculate,” he said.(snip)
Asked if he thought race was a factor in Pelosi's decision, he replied, "It's not happened before. The first time it's happening, it's happening to an African-American."
That being said, Mollohan really should step down from Appropriations as well. I know this is a bit cynical, but this is a golden opportunity for the Dems to demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are the party with zero tolerance for corruption.