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Lesser-Known Democratic Kleptocrats

posted at 10:33 am on December 3, 2009 by

With the upper- and mid-ranks of the Democratic Party furiously engaged in an internecine conflict to see who can be the most stupid the most often, the Left’s bottom-feeders are being starved of the attention that they so richly deserve.

So, leaving aside the big beasts for a moment, let’s turn our focus towards some of the lesser-known, but equally hopeless, Leftist minions:

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First up is Hope Whitehead, who recently clinched the nomination to fill a vacancy in the Missouri House of Representatives .

And she has proven that she has the right stuff to be an excellent Democrat because her corruption is already established before even entering office.

Whitehead’s inappropriateness for public office of any kind is revealed by the fact that she owed $1,155 in personal property taxes and related fees (and only paid it back once her candidacy was all but in place as, under state law, candidates with overdue tax bills are ineligible for the ballot).  Additionally, she admitted to paying her vehicle taxes only when the two-year registration expired, not each year as required.

Next is Sheila Dixon, Mayor of Baltimore:

Not that you’d know it from the lack of media reporting, but she’s another member of that vast group of Democrats known as criminals.

Dixon was today convicted on one of five counts related to theft of gift cards intended for city charities.  Stealing from the poor and needy – nice!

And, seeing as she enjoys breaking the law so much, Dixon has another trial to look forward to, in March 2010 on charges on perjury.

Now on to Melvin “Kip” Holden, otherwise known as the Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana:

First of all: what?  What on God’s green earth is a Mayor-President?  How is one title or the other not enough?  I know that we’re talking about Louisiana here (it does admittedly take an awfully long time to shake off the lingering effects of being under French dominion), but still – the title’s a little too close to Eternal Sun God-King for my liking.

This one is admittedly quite (very) tenuous, but if it’s good enough for the Left to smear Sarah Palin through the actions of her sister-in-law, then I’ll abide by the same standard.

“Kip” is in the news (well, LA local news, at least) because his sister, Evelyn J. Holden, has pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy in aid of racketeering, in an ongoing federal probe of bribery in the local criminal justice system.  She faces up to five years in prison, which is lacking by a factor of ten, in my estimation.

Whether you were aware of it or not, Kip, this doesn’t reflect well on any members of the family.

You may recall Hiram “The Slasher” Monserrate as the personification of modern chivalry, who, during a fight – by which I mean an actual physical fight, as opposed to a more routine lovers’ tiff – with his girlfriend, slashed her across the face with a broken bottle.

After which he proceeded to drag her through his apartment lobby while she was bleeding from cuts around her eye and to her skull (which required 20 to 40 stitches).  Deniability is difficult once people have seen you hoisting around a battered woman in public, genius.

Hiram has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault but not felony assault, without which – you guessed it – he can retain his seat in the New York State Senate and collect his hard-earned $79,500 salary.

Although the New York State Senate has initiated an inquiry into whether Monserrate should face sanctions, I’m not holding my breath for a decent outcome. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. has already stated, without a trace of irony, that,

It would be a bad precedent to expel a senator for a misdemeanor.

Yeah, because that precedent would be far worse than tolerating politicians who have been convicted of committing crimes.

Pedro, by the way, has an ulterior motive in ensuring that Monserrate is treated leniently, as he is also under investigation himself for shady shenanigans at his Soundview Healthcare Network.

Of multiple ongoing inquiries into dodgy dealings there, one is that Pedro used employees of Soundview, a non-profit he controls, to work on his political campaigns.  Three Soundview Employees pleaded guilty in 2005 to diverting about $30,000 from programs for family care and AIDS treatment to Espada’s unsuccessful campaign for Bronx borough president in 2001.  Let me state that again: they were convicted of diverting funds and food intended for sick babies and AIDS patients to the benefit of Espada’s political campaigns.  What a guy.

Finally, for this installment, comes Herman Thomas:

Thomas, a former circuit judge in Alabama, faced 21 charges including sodomy and sexual abuse of… wait for it… male prisoners!  He was also accused of spanking inmates for sexual gratification, sometimes with a paddle.

After his lawyer made the inevitable claim that racism was the motivation behind the charges, as opposed to his alleged sexual assault of criminals, Thomas’ trial went through the motions and recently concluded.  Having spent three days in deliberation, the jury then returned an incomplete verdict, deciding on only seven of the 21 charges – Thomas was found not guilty on five counts of sexual abuse, one count of sodomy and one assault charge.

Though found to be not guilty (just about), this is still a long way from establishing his innocence.

Among other lamentable developments, this is the result of blind party allegiance and people relying on crib sheets to tell them how to vote, rather than bothering to find out anything about the candidates for themselves.

This is how democracy dies.

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I’m not defending Kip, but Mayor-President is the title given to the Mayor of Baton Rouge. He’s the Mayor of BR and the President of East Baton Rouge Parish, which includes towns like Baker, Zachary, and Central. Same goes for mayors of New Orleans and Lafayette. They’re both Presidents of their respective parishes.

Lay-Z on December 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Yuck. I can’t decide which one I detest the most.

sammypants on December 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Lay-Z, thank you for the clarification. I’m going to claim ignorance through being a foreigner.

It’s still a fairly ridiculous title, though.

sammypants – you don’t have to choose, you can loathe them all equally. But I’d probably go for Monserrate, if I had to pick one…

Track-A-'Crat on December 3, 2009 at 11:18 AM

This just scratches the surface, no doubt…

Ace ODale on December 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Lay-Z, thank you for the clarification. I’m going to claim ignorance through being a foreigner.

It’s still a fairly ridiculous title, though.

No problem. When I lived in BR, I’ve thought Kip was going to be a better alternative to Bobby Simpson. Simpson spent money on road projects that didn’t make a difference for traffic and were severley over budget and a couple years late. He got the support of area Republicans for his run for Mayor in 2004. Unfortunatley, Kip is asking for a bond issue that will raise taxes for Baton Rouge residents and is showing his true tax-and-spend colors.

It is a ridiculous title though. The mayor of Lafayette isn’t called the Mayor-President, even though he’s the President of Lafayette Parish and has unincorporated areas like EBR. Orleans Parish doesn’t have unincorporated areas.

Lay-Z on December 3, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Unbelievable. I am sure that this list will get longer and longer as time passes. Great post.

nor on December 3, 2009 at 8:45 PM