Saturday, January 06, 2007
Newly instituted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who ran on ending the "culture of corruption" in Washington, apparently is not ready to end the Downie culture of corruption, as she moves to protect Downie crooks from the law.
And the MSM's reaction? One large yawn.
Pelosi Discusses Mollohan, Ney Scandals
Former Congressman Bob Ney is headed to prison, but will still receive a $30,000 a year pension.
West Virginia's Alan Mollohan is under investigation by the Justice Department, but will now chair a committee which oversees that same department.
And in an interview with NEWS9, newly elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she's not ready to stiffen penalties against either of the men.
Less than 24 hours after taking over as House speaker, Pelosi took NEWS9 cameras on a tour of the Capitol. There, she said she will still allow Mollohan to hold his powerful position which oversees the budget of the Justice Department -- the very people investigating his financial dealings.
"Quite frankly, I think the Justice Department is looking into every member of Congress. I always say to everybody, 'You're now going to get a free review of your family tree -- past, present and future, imagined and otherwise,'" Pelosi said.
With regard to Ney, Pelosi said she was not totally in favor of passing a law to cut off his pension.
"When something like this happens, the wrongdoing of the member has an impact on the family, and that is one of the arguments against it," Pelosi said.
So, here is Nancy Pelosi's message: if you are a Republican crook, watch out! If you are a Downie crook, we will protect you.
Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy.