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Iowa Dem Quits Race After White Wing Attacks

More white wing thuggery. Not surprising Steve King has rallied the bigots, thugs, and criminals to his defense. Hope someone steps up to the plate and runs against him so the decent people of Iowa can take this bastard out of office.

Fearing for her life, Iowa Democrat abandons race to unseat GOP Rep. Steve King

The Democratic candidate running against anti-immigrant Republican Congressman Steve King (IA) announced Saturday that she is dropping out of the race for her own safety.

In a Facebook post published Saturday night, Kim Weaver wrote, “Over the last several weeks, I have been evaluating personal circumstances along with the political climate regarding this campaign. After much deliberation, I have determined that the best decision for me is to withdraw my candidacy for the US House race in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.”

She explained that beginning during her 2016 campaign, she has been receiving threats of physical violence and murder, and said that “recent events at my home” were forcing her to re-evaluate her decision to run against King.

“While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern,” Weaver said.

Furthermore, she explained, she cannot currently risk losing her health coverage, which would disappear if she quit her current job to campaign full time. Added to that, Weaver said her mother is in poor health in Des Moines.

“I feel that it’s necessary to be more available to support her. Considering this, along with the time and energy it takes to succeed as a candidate, I realize that I can’t fully commit to both,” Weaver wrote. “With all this in mind, I have made the difficult decision to end my campaign, and to move out of the district and back to Des Moines where I grew up.”

Weaver thanked her campaign staff, family and friends and urged them to stay active.

“I humbly ask for your support and understanding during this difficult time, as well as your continued support with the effort to unseat Steve King,” she wrote.

King is notoriously anti-immigrant and has made a number of embarrassingly tone-deaf statements about Latino immigrants and people of color during his time in office.

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Oh My! “Auntie Maxine” Kicking Chumph Behind!

Gosh…I can see why the board Trumpazoid is so hot for Maxine! I mean, the well attired Octogenarian really has the boy’s head spinning!

That’s what that Trumpaholism will do to your brain. The only known cure is to pull the victim’s head out of their ass. Sometimes requiring heavy construction equipment…Or an implanted MOAB.

Try not to whimper, little one.

How Maxine Waters became ‘Auntie Maxine’ in the age of Trump

Maxine Waters knows what “throwing shade” means now. She urges people to “stay woke.”

In the past few months, young people have embraced 78-year-old Waters and her acerbic comments about President Trump, bringing the Los Angeles Democrat national fame in her 14th term, and a new nickname: Auntie Maxine.

“It’s unusual for elected officials to step outside of the box,” Waters said in an interview. “The millennials keep telling me for the most part they’ve never heard someone talk like that before.”

Since refusing to attend Trump’s inauguration, Waters, the longest-serving black woman in the House, has achieved icon-level status. Her image and quotes appear on T-shirts and posters. Twitter and Facebook are full of people rubbing their virtual hands in glee at what she might say next.

“When I grow up, I want to be @MaxineWaters. Thank you, Rep. Waters, for being unafraid to speak the truth,” Crystal Webb, a young Twitter user, posted.

“On a different note, @MaxineWaters clap black game is sooooo strong!! #goals,” said another.

“Anyone think Auntie @MaxineWaters is a hero?,” asked another.

Young black activists in particular see a powerful and familiar figure in the impeccably dressed older woman expressing her opinion, even if it might be painfully honest, said Rashad Robinson, who leads the New York-based Color of Change, a progressive civil rights group.

“Maxine Waters has given us the viral videos to go along with our rants,” Robinson said. “People are shaking their heads when she talks, and they are saying, ‘Thank God someone said that.’

“I think for many young black folks, they have that sort of auntie or matriarch in their family that sort of says it like it is,” Robinson said.

The congresswoman’s sudden popularity has led to interview after interview in the likes of Teen Vogue, Jet, Elle, Essence, Cosmopolitan and millennial-focused news sites like Mic and BuzzFeed, with headlines like, “Maxine Waters Is Back and She’s Not Here to Play.”

Southern Californians have long been familiar with Waters, who lives in the Vermont Knolls section of South Los Angeles and is not known for holding her tongue.

In 1994, she was gaveled off the House floor when she refused to stop loudly criticizing a Republican member she felt had badgered a female witness during a hearing. In 2011, she accused President Obama of neglecting black communities, then a week later, said the tea party could go “straight to hell.”

“Nobody should be surprised about me,” she said.

But her derision of Trump goes far beyond previous criticism of political foes, and the new, norm-breaking president has energized her in a way other Republicans she’s opposed have not. In an age when the call from many on her side of the aisle is “Resistance,” Waters has become a de facto leader of the charge.

She couldn’t fathom Trump’s rise during the election, she said, pointing to his insulting comments about former presidential rivals Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton, the lewd “Access Hollywood” video in which he bragged about grabbing women and his mocking imitation of a disabled reporter.

“I can’t get it out of my head,” she said. “I’ve never seen anybody as disgusting or as disrespectful as he is.”

The attention began when Waters refused to go to the presidential inauguration. She also stayed away when Trump gave his first speech to Congress, telling the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t honor this president. I don’t respect this president. And I’m not joyful in the presence of this president.”

She has been saying she thinks Trump is headed for impeachment since even before he was sworn in. At an anti-Trump tax march in April, she said she’ll “fight every day until he is impeached.” She refers to his staff as the “Kremlin Klan” and has pushed for an independent investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

Waters has made it clear she doesn’t want to be in the same room with Trump, much less extend the courtesies commonly afforded the president, regardless of party. She has put politeness aside.

“Newsflash to Trump: Republicans control Washington. Russians control you,” she tweeted in late April.

Waters has always been a target of conservative media, but the attacks have increased since she began in January to speak of impeachment. Last month, the far-right news magazine American Thinker called her unhinged and the “poster child for Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

Now-ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly joked earlier this month that he was too distracted by her “James Brown wig” to hear her comments on the House floor about patriotism under Trump. He later apologized.

Waters responded on MSNBC: “Let me just say this: I’m a strong black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O’Reilly or anybody.” Her comments quickly went viral….Read the Rest Here

 
 

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Even Republicans Are Tired of North Carolina Legislature Fascism

There come a time in everyone’s life when you see something, and recognize “This ain’t right”…

And respond to it.

It may be something as small as standing up for someone, or some idea being unfairly treated.

Sometimes its a big thing, putting your person in physical or legal danger.

The difference between American Patriots and the white-wing scum who have taken over the Republican Party is simply this…

Patriots believe in putting the values andd laws of our country over their Party.

Republican North Carolina judge resigns — and slams the GOP on the way out

In a dramatic response to a power-grab by Republicans in the North Carolina legislature, a Republican judge resigned today to circumvent efforts to strip power from the Democratic governor.

The Charlotte Observer reports that following today’s surprise resignation by Republican Judge J. Douglas McCullough, Democrat John Arrowood was sworn in. Judge McCullough worked as a staffer for Senator Harrison Schmitt (R-NM) before being appointed by President Ronald Reagan as United States Attorney in the eastern district of North Carolina.

Since Democrat Roy Cooper was elected Governor of North Carolina last fall, the Republican Legislature has gone to great lengths to strip his office of power. Yet with a three-sentence resignation letter this morning, Judge McCullough has proven that not all Republicans are willing to go along with shenanigans by legislative Republicans.

North Carolina has a mandatory retirement age for judges. To prevent the Democratic Party governor from appointing replacements for Court of Appeals judges nearing forced retirement, the Republican Legislature passed a bill to shrink the size of the court from 15 to 12 judges — thereby denying the Democrat of three scheduled appointments.

The legislation was vetoed on Friday, but a successful veto override was expected later tonight.

However, before the legislature could vote to override Governor Cooper’s veto of House Bill 239, Judge McCullough resigned 36 days prior to his forced retirement. This allowed the appointment of Judge Arrowood at 9:45 a.m. this morning.

“I did not want my legacy to be the elimination of a seat and the impairment of a court that I have served on,” Judge McCullough explained.

Newly sworn-in Judge John Arrowood is the first openly gay member of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

 

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Moving the Donkey…

The difficult job of getting an actual Progressive Party…

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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Yellowback Donkeys Cave … Again

Here we go again! Chickenhearted Demowussies can’t wait to cave. They are too pathetic to realize the reason they continue to lose votes, and shrink, is their chickenhearted bending over for the Rethugs at virtually every point. Allowing another Uncle Tommy Clarence unqualified black Lawn Jockey (Uncle Ben) in office is exactly why many black folks stayed home, and near 12% of black men voted for the Chumph. Black folks tend to pick a winner over a loser. Until the Dems dig up the courage to fight Putin’s Bitch with the same tenacity, and lockstep viciousness as the Rethugs fought Obama…

They are destined to be a losing, second rate party. Folks are tired of this shit – and just won’t come out to vote for people who won’t stand up for them.

You can’t kiss the Devil’s ass and expect to get to heaven. And there is no reason for Rethugs to negotiate, as long as they know the chickenshit Democrats will cave.

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Democrats Want To Pick Their Battles With Trump. Their Base Wants All-Out War.

Senators get that progressives want a fight, but they want to be pragmatic.

Shortly after the November election, a close associate of Dr. Ben Carson conceded the famed pediatric neurosurgeon turned Republican presidential candidate wasn’t right for a position in Donald Trump’s Cabinet since he had no experience running a federal agency.

Weeks later, Trump nominated Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Carson accepted.

Democrats were both befuddled and appalled at what seemed to be a cavalier decision to hand the keys of an agency with 8,300 employees and a $47 billion budget to someone with no apparent qualifications. And, for a while, the Carson nomination appeared to be fairly solid turf for them to put up a fight. But as the confirmation proceedings played out, something remarkable happened Tuesday. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), two of the most liberal members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ― which has primary jurisdiction over HUD ― supported Carson’s nomination.

In explaining his decision, Brown, who pointedly drilled into Carson’s views on public housing and the minimum wage during his confirmation hearing last week, said that he warmed to the nominee after finding areas of housing policy they both care about during a private meeting.

“I want to work with him on some issues like lead. He said the right things about LGBTQ discrimination. He seems interested in working on helping people whose rent is half their income stay in their apartments,” Brown told The Huffington Post on Tuesday evening. “Whatever he personally believes he has put aside.”

But the Ohio senator’s vote also reflects a larger strategy that Hill Democrats are beginning to embrace, not just with respect to Trump’s nominees but to his entire agenda. Less than a week into the new administration, these Democrats are concluding that the best path back to power is not necessarily through steady opposition but through picking specific, fruitful fights.

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And you specifically for voting for Uncle Ben

 

“We can’t very well be at a fever pitch on everything,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). “The door swings both ways in Washington. At some point we’re going to want a Democratic president to stand up a Cabinet. So we’re trying to be reasonable when the nominees are reasonable.”

Top Democratic officials say they gave no directive to Brown or Warren to vote for Carson’s nomination simply for the sake of appearance. But both senators are notably up for reelection in 2018. Warren has been criticized back home for being oppositional to Trump, and Brown, like nine other Democrats trying to hang on to their seats in two years, hails from a state that Trump carried in 2016.

For those members, there is some political upside to demonstrating willingness to work with Trump when the time and conditions allow it. But those moments, like votes to confirm Carson, also come with a cost. Cooperation with the new president isn’t what millions of progressive voters were demanding from party leaders at women’s marches over the weekend, when they flooded city streets around the country with signs protesting Trump and demanding resistance.

By Tuesday afternoon, Warren was being torched by fellow Democrats on Twitter for her Carson vote.

Schatz said he understands people’s “totally justified desire” to see all 48 Senate Democrats in lockstep and battling Trump on everything. But the problem with that, he said, is that Trump won and, as such, has a right to build his Cabinet.

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Another of the Democrat chickenshit brigade

“I think people out there are feeling terrified and they’re feeling unsupported, and they want us to feel as desperate as the people we’re here to represent,” said the Hawaii senator. “My argument to this is people got persuaded that this administration and these Republicans were going to fight for regular folks. And they’re not. It was a lie.”

“I think our argument has to be, ‘They’re screwing you,’” Schatz added.

To make that argument stick, Senate Democrats believe, they have to find the right battles first. Sometimes that means separating the substance from the noise, like not reacting to every eyebrow-raising comment from Trump’s Twitter account or to every gaffe by his nominees (like one who said guns are needed in schools to protect students from grizzly bears).

While a showdown over Carson may be viscerally satisfying, one top Senate Democratic aide said, the better play is to spotlight instances when a nominee is directly threatening Trump’s supporters. It’s no coincidence that Democratic leaders have been hyper-focused on health and human services secretary nominee Tom Price, treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin and education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Democrats believe these nominees help them make the case that a Trump administration will cut health care, screw over homeowners and gut public education.

WTF do the Demowussies want to cuddle up to Chump voters? Fuck that! It’s a losing proposition numerically. What they need to do is to play to their increasingly progressive base.

The reason Hillary “lost” wasn’t “racist” white people…It’s that the Demowussies offered noting but unmitigated cowardice – and the base stayed home. 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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Call Your Yellowback Donkey Democrat!

Demo Yellow Donkey

Any Democrat who shows up at the Chumph coronation – certainly doesn’t represent you.

Not much we can do about replacing those chickenshit types until the next election. Any Democrat lending any material or physical support to the Chump needs to be gone.

Might as well have a Republican in Office instead of a chickenshit Republican in Democrat clothing.

Call the Yellowback Donkeys up, and let them know they have lost your vote if they show up.

Senate

California

Feinstein, Dianne – (202) 224-3841

Harris, Kamala – (202) 224-3553

Colorado

Bennet, Michael – (202) 224-5852

Connecticut

Blumenthal, Richard – (202) 224-2823

Murphy, Chris – (202) 224-4041

Delaware

Carper, Thomas – (202) 224-2441

Coons, Christopher – (202) 224-5042

Florida

Nelson, Bill – (202) 224-5274

Hawaii

Hirono, Mazie – (202) 224-6361

Schatz, Brian –  (202) 224-3934

Indiana

Donnelly, Joe – (202) 224-4814

Illinois

Duckworth, Tammy –  (202) 224-2854

Durbin, Richard – (202) 224-2152

Maine

King, Angus – (202) 224-5344*

Massachusetts

Markey, Edward – (202) 224-2742

Warren, Elizabeth – (202) 224-4543

Maryland

Cardin, Ben – (202) 224-4524

Van Hollen, Chris – (202) 224-4654

Michigan

Peters, Gary – (202) 224-6221

Stabenow, Debbie – (202) 224-4822

Minnesota

Franken, Al – (202) 224-5641

Klobuchar, Amy – (202) 224-3244

Missouri

McCaskill, Claire – (202) 224-6154

Montana

Tester, Jon – (202) 224-2644

Nevada

Cortez Masto, Catherine – (202) 224-3542

New Hampshire

Hassan, Maggie – (202) 224-3324

Shaheen, Jeanne – (202) 224-2841

New Jersey

Booker, Cory – (202) 224-3224

Menendez, Robert – (202) 224-4744

New Mexico

Heinrich, Martin – (202) 224-5521

Udall, Tom – (202) 224-6621

New York

Gillibrand, Kirsten – (202) 224-4451

Schumer, Charles – (202) 224-6542

North Dakota

Heitkamp, Heidi – (202) 224-2043

Ohio

Brown, Sherrod – (202) 224-2315

Oregon

Merkley, Jeff – (202) 224-3753

Wyden, Ron – (202) 224-5244

Pennsylvania

Casey, Robert P., Jr. – (202) 224-6324

Rhode Island

Reed, Jack – (202) 224-4642

Whitehouse, Sheldon – (202) 224-2921

Vermont

Leahy, Patrick –  (202) 224-4242

Sanders, Bernie – (202) 224-5141*

Virginia

Kaine, Timothy – (202) 224-4024

Warner, Mark – (202) 224-2023

Washington

Cantwell, Maria – (202) 224-3441

Murray, Patty –  (202) 224-2621

West Virginia

Manchin III, Joe – (202) 224-3954

Wisconsin

Baldwin, Tammy – (202) 224-5653

*Bernie Sanders and Angus King are independents who caucus with Democrats.

House of Representatives

Arizona

O’Halleran, Tom

Arizona 1st District

202-225-3361

Sinema, Kyrsten

Arizona 9th District

202-225-9888

California

Garamendi, John

California 3rd District

202-225-1880

Thompson, Mike

California 5th District

202-225-3311

Matsui, Doris O.

California 6th District

202-225-7163

Bera, Ami

California 7th District

202-225-5716

Pelosi, Nancy

California 12th District

202-225-4965

Speier, Jackie

California 14th District

202-225-3531

Swalwell, Eric

California 15th District

202-225-5065

Costa, Jim

California 16th District

202-225-3341

Khanna, Ro

California 17th District

202-225-2631

Eshoo, Anna G.

California 18th District

202-225-8104

Panetta, Jimmy

California 20th District

202-225-2861

Carbajal, Salud

California 24th District

202-225-3601

Brownley, Julia

California 26th District

202-225-5811

Schiff, Adam

California 28th District

202-225-4176

Sherman, Brad

California 30th District

202-225-5911

Aguilar, Pete

California 31st District

202-225-3201

Becerra, Xavier

California 34th District

202-225-6235

Torres, Norma

California 35th District

202-225-6161

Sánchez, Linda

California 38th District

202-225-6676

Barragán, Nanette

California 44th District

202-225-8220

Correa, J. Luis

California 46th District

202-225-2965

Lowenthal, Alan

California 47th District

202-225-7924

Peters, Scott

California 52nd District

202-225-0508

Davis, Susan

California 53rd District

202-225-2040

Colorado

DeGette, Diana

Colorado 1st District

202-225-4431

Polis, Jared

Colorado 2nd District

202-225-2161

Perlmutter, Ed

Colorado 7th District

202-225-2645

Connecticut

Larson, John B.

Connecticut 1st District

202-225-2265

Courtney, Joe

Connecticut 2nd District

202-225-2076

DeLauro, Rosa L.

Connecticut 3rd District

202-225-3661

Himes, Jim

Connecticut 4th District

202-225-5541

Esty, Elizabeth

Connecticut 5th District

202-225-4476

Delaware

Blunt Rochester, Lisa

Delaware At-Large

202-225-4165

District of Columbia

Norton, Eleanor Holmes

District of Columbia At-Large

202-225-8050

Florida

Lawson, Al

Florida 5th District

202-225-0123

Murphy, Stephanie

Florida 7th District

202-225-4035

Demings, Val

Florida 10th District

202-225-2176

Crist, Charlie

Florida 13th District

202-225-5961

Castor, Kathy

Florida 14th District

202-225-3376

Frankel, Lois

Florida 21st District

202-225-9890

Deutch, Ted

Florida 22nd District

202-225-3001

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie

Florida 23rd District

202-225-7931

Georgia

Bishop Jr., Sanford D.

Georgia 2nd District

202-225-3631

Johnson, Henry C. “Hank” Jr.

Georgia 4th District

202-225-1605

Scott, David

Georgia 13th District

202-225-2939

Guam

Bordallo, Madeleine

Guam At-Large

202-225-1188

Hawaii

Hanabusa, Colleen

Hawaii 1st District

202-225-2726

Gabbard, Tulsi

Hawaii 2nd District

202-225-4906

Illinois

Rush, Bobby L.

Illinois 1st District

202-225-4372

Kelly, Robin

Illinois 2nd District

202-225-0773

Davis, Danny K.

Illinois 7th District

202-225-5006

Krishnamoorthi, Raja

Illinois 8th District

202-225-3711

Schneider, Bradley

Illinois 10th District

202-225-4835

Foster, Bill

Illinois 11th District

202-225-3515

Bustos, Cheri

Illinois 17th District

202-225-5905

Indiana

Visclosky, Peter

Indiana 1st District

202-225-2461

Carson, André

Indiana 7th District

202-225-4011

Iowa

Loebsack, David

Iowa 2nd District

202-225-6576

Louisiana

Richmond, Cedric

Louisiana 2nd District

202-225-6636

Maryland

Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch

Maryland 2nd District

202-225-3061

Sarbanes, John P.

Maryland 3rd District

202-225-4016

Hoyer, Steny H.

Maryland 5th District

202-225-4131

Delaney, John

Maryland 6th District

202-225-2721

Cummings, Elijah

Maryland 7th District

202-225-4741

Massachussetts

Neal, Richard E.

Massachusetts 1st District

202-225-5601

McGovern, James

Massachusetts 2nd District

202-225-6101

Tsongas, Niki

Massachusetts 3rd District

202-225-3411

Kennedy III, Joseph P.

Massachusetts 4th District

202-225-5931

Moulton, Seth

Massachusetts 6th District

202-225-8020

Lynch, Stephen F.

Massachusetts 8th District

202-225-8273

Keating, William

Massachusetts 9th District

202-225-3111

Michigan

Kildee, Daniel

Michigan 5th District

202-225-3611

Levin, Sander

Michigan 9th District

202-225-4961

Dingell, Debbie

Michigan 12th District

202-225-4071

Lawrence, Brenda

Michigan 14th District

202-225-5802

Minnesota

Walz, Timothy J.

Minnesota 1st District

202-225-2472

McCollum, Betty

Minnesota 4th District

202-225-6631

Peterson, Collin C.

Minnesota 7th District

202-225-2165

Nolan, Rick

Minnesota 8th District

202-225-6211

Missouri

Cleaver, Emanuel

Missouri 5th District

202-225-4535

Nevada

Titus, Dina

Nevada 1st District

202-225-5965

Rosen, Jacky

Nevada 3rd District

202-225-3252

Kihuen, Ruben

Nevada 4th District

202-225-9894

New Hampshire

Kuster, Ann

New Hampshire 2nd District

202-225-5206

New Jersey

Norcross, Donald

New Jersey 1st District

202-225-6501

Gottheimer, Josh

New Jersey 5th District

202-225-4465

Pallone Jr., Frank

New Jersey 6th District

202-225-4671

Sires, Albio

New Jersey 8th District

202-225-7919

Pascrell Jr., Bill

New Jersey 9th District

202-225-5751

New Mexico

Lujan Grisham, Michelle

New Mexico 1st District

202-225-6316

Lujan, Ben R.

New Mexico 3rd District

202-225-6190

New York

Suozzi, Thomas

New York 3rd District

202-225-3335

Rice, Kathleen

New York 4th District

202-225-5516

Meeks, Gregory W.

New York 5th District

202-225-3461

Jeffries, Hakeem

New York 8th District

202-225-5936

Maloney, Carolyn

New York 12th District

202-225-7944

Crowley, Joseph

New York 14th District

202-225-3965

Engel, Eliot

New York 16th District

202-225-2464

Lowey, Nita

New York 17th District

202-225-6506

Maloney, Sean Patrick

New York 18th District

202-225-5441

Tonko, Paul D.

New York 20th District

202-225-5076

Higgins, Brian

New York 26th District

202-225-3306

North Carolina

Price, David

North Carolina 4th District

202-225-1784

Mariana Islands

Sablan, Gregorio

Northern Mariana Islands At-Large

202-225-2646

Ohio

Beatty, Joyce

Ohio 3rd District

202-225-4324

Kaptur, Marcy

Ohio 9th District

202-225-4146

Ryan, Tim

Ohio 13th District

202-225-5261

Oregon

Bonamici, Suzanne

Oregon 1st District

202-225-0855

Pennsylvania

Cartwright, Matthew

Pennsylvania 17th District

202-225-5546

Rhode Island

Cicilline, David

Rhode Island 1st District

202-225-4911

Langevin, Jim

Rhode Island 2nd District

202-225-2735

South Carolina

Clyburn, James E.

South Carolina 6th District

202-225-3315

Tennessee

Cooper, Jim

Tennessee 5th District

202-225-4311

Texas

Gonzalez, Vicente

Texas 15th District

202-225-2531

O’Rourke, Beto

Texas 16th District

202-225-4831

Jackson Lee, Sheila

Texas 18th District

202-225-3816

Cuellar, Henry

Texas 28th District

202-225-1640

Green, Gene

Texas 29th District

202-225-1688

Johnson, Eddie Bernice

Texas 30th District

202-225-8885

Veasey, Marc

Texas 33rd District

202-225-9897

Vela, Filemon

Texas 34th District

202-225-9901

Vermont

Welch, Peter

Vermont At-Large

202-225-4115

Virgin Islands

Plaskett, Stacey

Virgin Islands At-Large

202-225-1790

Virginia

Scott, Robert C.

Virginia 3rd District

202-225-8351

Washington

DelBene, Suzan

Washington 1st District

202-225-6311

Larsen, Rick

Washington 2nd District

202-225-2605

Kilmer, Derek

Washington 6th District

202-225-5916

Heck, Denny

Washington 10th District

202-225-9740

Wisconsin

Kind, Ron

Wisconsin 3rd District

202-225-5506

Moore, Gwen

Wisconsin 4th District

202-225-4572

 

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Chaka Fattah…Ten Years in the Pokey

Depressing to see Chaka Fattah get 10 years, for what a white Republican would get 5 years, with all but 2 weeks suspended…and a hand slap.

Doesn’t mean I am unhappy to see him convicted, and sentenced for a long term, as his fraud hurt the community he represented, and amateurish even by the pathetic standard of the US House. Enjoy your next few years in Club Fed!

 

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., walks after leaving the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 21.

Former Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.) was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

Fattah, 60, served 22 years in Congress before losing a Democratic primary in April.

Fattah was convicted in June on a number of federal corruption charges, including bribery, racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and filing false statements. The long-running criminal scheme was related to paying back a loan from Fattah’s unsuccessful run for Philadelphia mayor in 2007.

The Pennsylvania Democrat’s son, Chaka Fattah Jr., is already in prison on bank and tax fraud charges. The younger Fattah is serving a five-year sentence.

“Those in high places will certainly know what happens in this courtroom today,” said U.S. District Judge Harvery Bartle, III, as he sentenced Fattah, according to WPVI, a Philadelphia TV station.

Bartle noted that Fattah and his wife, a TV news anchor, made more than $500,000 in combined income, placing them in the top 1 percent of Americans.

“While you have done much good, you also engaged in grave and widespread criminal activity,” Bartle added. “You abused your trust, time and time again.”

Fattah told Bartle that he had helped “tens of millions of people” during his time in office, despite the crimes he’d been convicted of committing.

“I’ve helped tens of millions of people,” Fattah said. “[That] has nothing to do with the fact that I’ve been found on the wrong side of these questions by a jury.”

While it was one the harshest sentences ever handed out to a one-time member of Congress, federal prosecutors had asked for a longer term behind bars. The Justice Department wanted Fattah incarcerated for 17 to 21 years.

Fattah was a former state lawmaker and Philadelphia official who was elected to Congress in 1994. He won a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, where he was able to steer millions of dollars in earmarks back home.

Yet despite his safe congressional seat, Fattah always wanted to be a power player back home in Philadelphia, where he was born, and it was this desire that ultimately led to his downfall and federal conviction.

Fattah’s criminal acts were part of a years-long scheme related to his unsuccessful bid to become mayor of Philadelphia. Fattah and several of his co-defendants, who include former campaign and congressional aides, obtained an illegal $1 million loan for him during the 2007 mayor’s race. Once he lost that race and faced a large debt, Fattah and his inner circle illegally used federal and charitable funds to help repay the loan. Fattah and the other co-conspirators submitted false billing statements to his mayoral campaign in order to keep the loan secret.

In addition, Fattah received bribes from Herbert Vederman, a former deputy mayor of Philadelphia who served as an aide to his mayoral campaign. Fattah used the money to pay personal expenses, including his taxes.

In return, Fattah reportedly pushed for an ambassadorial position for Vederman or for appointment to the U.S. Trade Commission, including hand-delivering a letter to President Barack Obama on the issue. Fattah also hired Vederman’s girlfriend in his Capitol Hill office.

The FBI spent years investigating Fattah, and it long looked as if he would escape federal indictment. But he was charged in 2015, and then convicted on all counts the following year.

 
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