Cold Cash update: On trial and about to win another term

posted at 3:10 pm on November 18, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Have you wondered what happened to Rep. William “Cold Cash” Jefferson?  The Louisiana Democrat remains in Congress despite the discovery of almost $100,000 cash in his freezer and evidence of bribery and corruption.  In fact, he faces a run-off election for his seat, one which he’s favored to win, in the same week that his federal trial finally begins:

Remember William Jefferson, the Louisiana congressman who was indicted last year on bribery, racketeering and money laundering charges?

Well, he’s still in Congress, and he’s likely to stay there for a while.

Technically, Jefferson still has to win a Dec. 6th runoff in Louisiana. But his opponent, little known Republican lawyer Anh “Joseph” Cao, stands little chance in Louisiana’s heavily Democratic second congressional district.

Ironically, Jefferson’s long-delayed federal trial is also likely to start that week — Dec. 2nd in Virginia.

Last week, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the trial to start — upholding his indictment by ruling that Jefferson’s rights weren’t violated when the grand jury received evidence that violated legislative immunity.

Well, isn’t that special?  Jefferson’s constituents will likely send back an indicted politician rather than elect a Republican.  (In Alaska, the voters apparently made a different choice in the Senate race, but Ted Stevens actually got convicted.)

Meanwhile, the Democratic leadership that promised The Most Ethical Congress Evah still allows Dollar Bill Jefferson to retain his seat on the Homeland Security committee.  They may act to strip him of that in the next Congress, but by that time his trial will likely have concluded, one way or the other.  If convicted, he’ll get booted out of Congress, and if acquitted, the House Ethics Committee will likely only give him a slap on the hand for his corruption — and he may get his seat on Ways and Means back.

Maybe the GOP should spend some money in LA-02 the next couple of weeks.  Why not give New Orleans a real choice for representation in Washington?


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the cold cash pun never gets old!
the sadness of his constant reelection however…does

Drunk Report on November 18, 2008 at 3:13 PM

The peeps elect him then the peeps deserve him.

Limerick on November 18, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Jefferson’s constituents will likely send back an indicted politician rather than elect a Republican.

It’s Louisiana. There you’re only in trouble if they catch you in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.

Remember the Edwards vs. Duke gubernatorial campaign: Vote for the crook, it’s important.

We need to start a running tally of Democrats skirting the law: Chris Dodd & the VIP loan, William Jefferson, indicted on bribery, Charlie Rangel failing to pay taxes.

rbj on November 18, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Cold Hard Cash.
Aren’t these the same geniuses that voted Mayor Chocolate City back in office after he hid under his desk during Katrina? They deserve exactly what they get.

HornetSting on November 18, 2008 at 3:17 PM

That’s one of the things that sacred/scares me about an Obama presidency. I’m afraid that this lax accountability by the Democrats will translate into corruption in the White House. That’s a Party that really needs to clean its own house but has grown indifferent to and accepting of crooks in its ranks. Where is the MSM on this one? They seem to be absent too.

jeanie on November 18, 2008 at 3:20 PM

the sadness of his constant reelection however…does

Drunk Report on November 18, 2008 at 3:13 PM

The democrats are infamous for that…re-electing criminals. That alone should be a wake up call for some liberals…”why do we keep electing known criminals?”, you would think someone would actually think about that.

right2bright on November 18, 2008 at 3:20 PM

It betters our odds in 2010 and 2012. Bring him on.

Static on November 18, 2008 at 3:21 PM

He’s black.

Marion Barry – reelected after snorting cocaine on tape
Ray Nagin – reelected after Katrina and “Chocolate City” comment
OJ Simpson – acquitted
Charlie Rangel – tax evasion anyone?

Blacks and Democrats – held to a different, lower, standard

DerKrieger on November 18, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Why not give New Orleans a real choice for representation in Washington?

Because that would be completely fruitless. New Orleans residents wouldn’t vote for anyone without a D by their name.

It's Vintage, Duh on November 18, 2008 at 3:22 PM

jeanie on November 18, 2008 at 3:20 PM

The cure for federal corruption is federalism. Staets need to exercise their 10th Amendment rights and whittle the Fed back down to the size it’s supposed to be. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely!

DerKrieger on November 18, 2008 at 3:24 PM

The peeps elect him then the peeps deserve him.

Limerick on November 18, 2008 at 3:15 PM

.
The rub is that we ALL get him.

AnotherOpinion on November 18, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Yeah, well expect the race card too folks.

Shame this guy wasn’t booted by the Dems long before.

HotAirJosef on November 18, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Where’s Charles Bronson when you need him?

darwin on November 18, 2008 at 3:26 PM

The sad part is that the democrats could run a block of cheese for District 2 and it would still win. Most Republicans in New Orleans live in Lakeview, which is in the 1st congressional district.

Honestly, I could care less. I’m finally moving out of this hellhole of a city. If they want to keep electing garbage, more power to them, they deserve what they get.

Lay-Z on November 18, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Wow?

And there’s been NOTHING about this in the news, or about that Florida Democrat who cheated on his wife. Instead, they’ve been going after Stevens for like . . . what? A whole month now?

Not surprising.

Ryan Gandy on November 18, 2008 at 3:27 PM

AnotherOpinion on November 18, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Yep, and his clones if we don’t quit being our kids ‘best friend’.

Limerick on November 18, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Aren’t these the same geniuses that voted Mayor Chocolate City back in office after he hid under his desk during Katrina? They deserve exactly what they get.

HornetSting on November 18, 2008 at 3:17 PM

I would agree, except he’s a US Congressman and therefore affects us all.

macummings on November 18, 2008 at 3:28 PM

A non-black cannot win this district. Karen Carter-Peterson ran against him last term and lost. Why? Because she was no different than Jefferson. She hadn’t stolen quite as much.

We will never be rid of this guy.

roux on November 18, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Aren’t these the same geniuses that voted Mayor Chocolate City back in office after he hid under his desk during Katrina? They deserve exactly what they get.

HornetSting on November 18, 2008 at 3:17 PM
I would agree, except he’s a US Congressman and therefore affects us all.

macummings on November 18, 2008 at 3:28 PM

True dat. Damn.

HornetSting on November 18, 2008 at 3:30 PM

That guy’s eyes are disquieting.

baldilocks on November 18, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Meanwhile, the Democratic leadership that promised The Most Ethical Congress Evah still allows Dollar Bill Jefferson to retain his seat on the Homeland Security committee. They may act to strip him of that in the next Congress, but by that time his trial will likely have concluded, one way or the other. If convicted, he’ll get booted out of Congress, and if acquitted, the House Ethics Committee will likely only give him a slap on the hand for his corruption — and he may get his seat on Ways and Means back.

Compare this to what they tried to do to Lieberman for exercising his right to free speech as an Independent. They’re pretty selective on the Hill about their outrage, aren’t they?

pookysgirl on November 18, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Blacks and Democrats – held to a different, lower, standard

Oh, I dunno. Ted Stevens puts a pretty good blackmark in the white column.

tree hugging sister on November 18, 2008 at 3:34 PM

A non-black cannot win this district. Karen Carter-Peterson ran against him last term and lost. Why? Because she was no different than Jefferson. She hadn’t stolen quite as much.

We will never be rid of this guy.

Even if he were to lose, he could run for mayor after Nagin leaves or joins Barry’s team as HUD secretary, according to some rumors.

He’s like an f’n political cockroach.

Lay-Z on November 18, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Maybe the GOP should spend some money in LA-02 the next couple of weeks. Why not give New Orleans a real choice for representation in Washington?

Won’t work Ed … the Democrats ran a very good candidate in Helena Moreno. She was not a career politician … she was a newscaster with name recognition. As a Democrat – she was the best we could hope for in that district.

She was defeated in the runnoff because the African American constituency opted to keep a corrupt man in office because of his skin color. And if anyone thinks that is a racist statement then please enlighten me on the real reason this overwhelmingly African American district voted to keep Jefferson in office in spite of the fact that there’s no doubt the man is a crook.

HondaV65 on November 18, 2008 at 3:35 PM

We need to start a running tally of Democrats skirting the law: Chris Dodd & the VIP loan, William Jefferson, indicted on bribery, Charlie Rangel failing to pay taxes.

rbj on November 18, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Those are resume enhancers for democrats. Laws are for you silly, not them.

rightside on November 18, 2008 at 3:38 PM

The cure for federal corruption is federalism. Staets need to exercise their 10th Amendment rights and whittle the Fed back down to the size it’s supposed to be. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely!

DerKrieger on November 18, 2008 at 3:24 PM

AMEN, brother!!

Red State State of Mind on November 18, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Oh, I dunno. Ted Stevens puts a pretty good blackmark in the white column.

tree hugging sister on November 18, 2008 at 3:34 PM

That dog don’t hunt….Stevens will be booted by his own party if he wins re-election.

Red State State of Mind on November 18, 2008 at 3:42 PM

He is de facto already in. The primary is the real election, with the general a mere fomality. No money should be wasted. LA-02 is gerrymandered D, and LA-01 gerrymandered R. I don’t know about this time, but last time Jefferson won a majority of the white vote.

exception on November 18, 2008 at 3:44 PM

It’s an O.J. thing really. The mentality within the “community” is he was framed, dumb as that sounds. A slightly different mentality exists in the Western PA “community” where Murtha was re-elected after calling his constituents racist.

The dumb and dumber voter bases of America.

God help us.

FireBlogger on November 18, 2008 at 4:01 PM

I don’t know about this time, but last time Jefferson won a majority of the white vote.

Jefferson won with over 55 percent of the vote I believe. And that district is over 60 percent black. Moreno … down in the 40′s … most of her support came from heavily white areas of the district.

According to Times Picayune.

HondaV65 on November 18, 2008 at 4:02 PM

The people in his district thought they may have to lower their standards to elect this turd but then they realized they didn’t have any.

thomasaur on November 18, 2008 at 4:02 PM

OT — I just turned around in my office to see that Neil Cavuto is interviewing Maxine Waters… and now even my hair hurts.

D2Boston on November 18, 2008 at 4:09 PM

The Most Ethical Congress Evah

/spits

Kevin in Washington State on November 18, 2008 at 4:12 PM

whats the big deal?

Doesn’t everyone keep $90,000.00 in their freezer?

/sarc

Son of Sam Kinison on November 18, 2008 at 4:13 PM

The soft bigotry of low expectations lives on and on…

JAM on November 18, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Hah! “Cold Cash” can’t hold a candle to Massachusetts Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, who takes her bribes and stashes them in her bra.

Only in Massachusetts, land of Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Barney Frank, and now the lovely and talented Dianne Wonderbra Wilkerson!

stoutcat on November 18, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Obviously the same rogue elements within the govt that dreamed up 9/11 are operating in the frozen food section as well.

Diabolical.

moxie_neanderthal on November 18, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Marion Barry – reelected after snorting cocaine on tape

He wasn’t snorting cocaine. He was firing up a crack pipe.

“Bitch set me up….bitch set me up……”

Makes me want to hasten the arrival of Aunty Entity and “Bust a deal…Face the wheel” justice.

BobMbx on November 18, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Blacks and Democrats – held to a different, lower, standard
Oh, I dunno. Ted Stevens puts a pretty good blackmark in the white column.

tree hugging sister on November 18, 2008 at 3:34 PM

dare I bring up chappaquiddick, oral oval office cigars, every elected official in NW Indiana, all the recent (D)govenors in the state of Illinois…..

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 18, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Let me get this straight…
If they find this cold cat guilty, and he wins re-election, then he gets to keep his effin (pardon my French) position and does no jail time?
What’s funny is that you’ll find no Republican hordes taking it to the streets, tearing down crosses from old ladies, looting, or pillaging and yelling obscenities…
Who is the party of the mature? Who is the parent of the two parties? Who is the spoiled brats? What rhymes with “Brats”? “Demo” it for me….

CynicalOptimist on November 18, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Why not give New Orleans a real choice for representation in Washington?

Maybe with Bobby Jindal giving Louisiana’s corruption image a serious blow, they want to make sure the state never completely loses that Huey Long/Edwin Edwards vibe.

eeyore on November 18, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Just more Democratic “nuance”.

GarandFan on November 18, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Dems plan of cleaning up Congress only applies to other parties….

DL13 on November 18, 2008 at 6:02 PM

How do Dems like Ted Kennedy (who murder Mary Jo Kopechne)Barney Frank(who’s boyfriend ran a prostitution ring out of his basement without Frank being able to figure out what was going on), and this Jefferson character keep getting re-elected? Are Dem voters just that stupid or that evil?

Kjeil on November 18, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Rep. William “Cold Cash” Jefferson = scum.

Zorro on November 18, 2008 at 8:15 PM

It seem’s that Liberals are immune to
the Law,any Law!

And again,if this was a Republican,the MSM,
and Liberals would be parroting ‘resignation’,
day in and day out!

canopfor on November 18, 2008 at 8:19 PM

There is only one crime that Democrats will not ignore, loving America.

pat on November 18, 2008 at 11:48 PM

“In fact, he faces a run-off election for his seat, one which he’s favored to win, in the same week that his federal trial finally begins:”

The good news: Bobby Jindal is our governor. Save your money for the guy in Georgia. Jefferson will win, but he’ll be replaced by a conservative once he’s sent to that special hell that Louisiana prison is.

It’s all good.

Kevin M on November 19, 2008 at 12:46 AM

Cannot believe that this crook is still a Senator! WTF is wrong with this picture?

sheebe on November 19, 2008 at 12:47 AM

Make him change party’s to Republican, and he will be voted out in a flash!

grapeknutz on November 19, 2008 at 7:44 AM

As mentioned above, it’s not just Louisiana. Maryland nominated and elected to Congress a woman who was in an irreversible coma a few years back. Party affiliation trumps all.

Longhorn Six on November 20, 2008 at 11:08 AM