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Thursday, August 23, 2007

War on Weldon

The full series by Jack Cashill is available online:

Editors note: This the last in a four-part series detailing how and why a collaboration of Democratic activists conspired to unseat Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon in the November 2006 elections. Read part 1, part 2 and part 3.

In December 2006, FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee with serious egg on his face.

According to the Associated Press, he confessed to being "exceptionally disappointed" about the leak made public on Oct. 13, 2006, that Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon was under investigation for influence peddling.

That leak, and the subsequent raid prompted by the leak, cost Weldon his House seat.

...The Los Angeles Times article that prompted this whole fiasco cited 28 congressmen and women whose children worked as lobbyists or consultants.

Among that group, none stood out like Sen. Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, who was, according to the Times, "in a class by himself."

The Times identified three sons and a son-in-law who profited from their relationship to Reid. "In the last four years alone," claimed the Times, "their firms have collected more than $2 million in lobbying fees from special interests that were represented by the kids and helped by the senator in Washington."

Reid is now Senate majority leader, lauded by the same media that drove Weldon out of office.