The Congressional Black Caucus Goes To The Mat For Mr. Freeze

Undoubtedly, Nancy Pelosi’s request that William Jefferson step down from the Ways and Means Committee was politically motivated. After all, it’s hard to credibly claim that people should vote against the Republicans because they’re corrupt when one of your own party members was caught on tape taking a bribe and the money was later found in a freezer.

That being said, most people would agree that Pelosi does deserve some credit for the move she made…but, not the Congressional Black Caucus. In their opinion, going after a black legislator for any reason whatsoever is nothing but “the man keeping them down.”

From The Hill:

“Furious black lawmakers, rallying behind Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), were pulled back from the brink of open revolt against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an emergency meeting with her yesterday.

The meeting with a handful of CBC members was called after Pelosi wrote the embattled lawmaker, who is at the center of a massive bribery scandal, a curt note requesting his immediate resignation from the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Outraged that one of its members was being picked on even though he has not been charged with a crime, the Congressional Black Caucus had intended to issue a defiant statement against their leader but agreed after the meeting to pause, at least briefly, for reflection.

…The CBC’s chairman, Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), engaged in a heated argument with Pelosi on the House floor Tuesday afternoon after Watt heard reports that Pelosi was considering calling for Jefferson’s ouster, according to one witness.

Members of the CBC are expected to confront Pelosi today in a meeting that was previously scheduled to address separate concerns about Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.). That meeting is now likely to focus more on Jefferson, a Democratic aide said.

…Most lawmakers would not comment afterwards, but a CBC aide summed up some members’ frustration, saying, “Congresswoman Pelosi, by preemption without any legal justification, has now created a new precedent for how members are going to be treated. Unfortunately, she’s chosen to single out an African-American for this honor.”

Either these CDC members haven’t figured out a good spot, other than the freezer or their congressional offices, to hide their bribe money in, or they’re engaging in the sort of thinking that seems to pop up everywhere in the Middle-East, “He may be crooked, but he is still a Sunni like me and any Sunni is better than a filthy Shia!”

Whatever the case may be, even liberals should be embarrassed by their behavior.

Hat tip to Daily Pundit for the story.

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