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LA-02: SSP, DailyKos & MyDD Endorse Carter for Congress

by: DavidNYC

Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 8:51 PM EST

It seems that the elections never end on election day anymore. There are several recounts afoot and a run-off in Texas. There's also a run-off in Louisiana, where Democratic state Rep. Karen Carter will face off against corrupt U.S. Rep. William Jefferson in LA-02.

This race matters because we need to send a strong message, a message that the Democratic Party won't tolerate corruption on either side of the aisle. Come January, we're finally going to take back the House. But before we do, we need to clean house first. And that's why the Swing State Project, DailyKos and MyDD are officially endorsing Karen Carter in her runoff on Dec. 9th.

Now, if you haven't already heard Bill Jefferson's tale, well, it's a sordid one (PDF). The Department of Justice has accused Jefferson of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, and he is currently the target of an ongoing FBI investigation. One former aide has already plead guilty to conspiracy to bribe a public official - he's now serving eight years in prison. Another associate - a businessman who gave Jefferson $400,000 in a pay-for-play scheme - is also going to jail following a guilty plea. The kicker: Both men named Jefferson in their plea agreements.

But Jefferson's most notorious act - the one you probably heard about - is this:

Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), the target of a 14-month public corruption probe, was videotaped accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from a Northern Virginia investor who was wearing an FBI wire, according to a search warrant affidavit released yesterday.

A few days later, on Aug. 3, 2005, FBI agents raided Jefferson's home in Northeast Washington and found $90,000 of the cash in the freezer, in $10,000 increments wrapped in aluminum foil and stuffed inside frozen-food containers, the document said.

Jefferson's behavior was so outrageous that the Democratic caucus, in an extremely rare move, stripped him of his committee assignment. And as one New Orleans native put it, "You find $100,000 in your freezer, I ain't voting for you." Seventy percent of the voters in Louisiana's second Congressional district apparently agree, because Jefferson carried just 30% of the vote yesterday.

Fortunately for us, Louisiana's unusual electoral system mandates a run-off between the top two finishers whenever the winner fails to reach 50%. That means we can give Jefferson the boot he so richly deserves by supporting the second-place finisher, Karen Carter.

Carter is a strong candidate - she took 22% in a crowded field, despite getting a very late start and facing a long-time, well-known incumbent who outraised her by more than two-to-one. One sign of her strength is that in a surprise move before the election, the Louisiana Democratic Party endorsed her over Jefferson, marking the first time in memory that the state party failed to endorse an incumbent.

But Carter will still need a lot of help to beat an entrenched incumbent, however corrupt, like Jefferson. To that end, we plan to highlight this race over the course of the next month. We've created a new ActBlue page that we're calling Blue Majority. The goal of this new page is to support and strengthen our new Democratic majorities. And right now, we can start by replacing Bill Jefferson with Karen Carter. Of course, if you live in the district or a nearby area, we strongly encourage you to volunteer for Karen. She'll need every able hand she can get.

So let's finish out this already-awesome election season on a true high note and let's send that message!

DavidNYC :: LA-02: SSP, DailyKos & MyDD Endorse Carter for Congress
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I'm in for $20
Jefferson's got to go! Thanks for organizing this. Let's keep the momentum going.

Let me get some cash outta
my freezer.

Good call.

(-8.50/-7.44) "Real Democrats don't make promises they can't keep." Dr. Howard Dean

I am so glad to see you guys bring attention to this race
It has gotten absolutely zero attention pre-Nov 7, so following this race was hard (except for the first week of October when I was staying in N.O. with the in-laws).  I'm relieved to see Lavigne didn't manage to sneak in there and force a difficult choice between a corrupt Dem and a Republican. 

Contrasting the Republicans' reaction to convicted House member Bob Ney and the Democrats to William Jefferson is very enlightening.  Republicans let Ney stick around post-conviction as a member of the House to get a few more paychecks while the Louisianna Dem party refused to endorse Jefferson and Nancy Pelosi took away his committee assignment. In other words, the Democrats weren't willing to tolerate corruption just because he was in the same party - and now it's great to see you guys launch a netroots effort to raise $ and increase active involvement on this race.

I'll be throwing in some cash to see Jefferson go down, that's for sure. 

What about Ciro?
Aren't we going to try to help him defeat Henry Bonilla? Or are the netroots burned out on Ciro after he lost to Cuellar?

Delaware Liberal - biggest and best blog in Delaware.

Yes, what's the consensus? Bonilla pulled only 48%, his Democratic opponents combined got 49%, and the independent got 3%. It seems like that's a possible pickup in a special election when lots of attention can be focused on it. Plus I still remember Bonilla's wanting to rename 16 Street to Ronald Reagan Boulevard here in DC.

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Now thats a difficult call
Bonilla = 48
Ciro = 20
Other Dems = 29
Indy = 3

I'd like to see input from BurntOrange group.
E.g. how conservative/liberal were those other Dem opponents and who they might be endorsing.

You may want to checkout CQ Politics review of this race:

and their article on the effect of the Redistricting there:
and here:

(-8.50/-7.44) "Real Democrats don't make promises they can't keep." Dr. Howard Dean

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Look, I'm all for supporting Karen Carter over Bill Jefferson. And I think she will win. But Ciro's race with Henry Bonilla promises to be CLOSE -- and it is an actual DEM TAKEOVER opportunity, as opposed to merely replacing a corrupt dem with a not-corrupt dem (also a good thing).

So I think the Blue Majority page should also feature Ciro Rodriguez!

- JR

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Here from the Burnt Orange Group
Thanks for thinking of TX 23 and there are legit reasons why people have probably not made any moves on this yet.

There are things happening down here and if you give us another half week, we should have some info for you on how involved this race will be.

I'm going to make a journal entry of it I think so look for that.

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In for Ten
I've had enough of right-wing pundits spout "Sure we have Cunningham, DeLay, Foley and Ney, but what about Jefferson."

It is Ours and so will be the Senate
Allen will concede at 3pm EDT today. Finally!!!!

Yeehaaa Webb in the Senate! I was sure my old home State that had once rejected Ollie North could not possibly re-elect the idiot Macaca. Vindication to Chuck Robb on his former seat.

(-8.50/-7.44) "Real Democrats don't make promises they can't keep." Dr. Howard Dean

I'm just embarrassed as a former Virginian that the vote was so close (and of course that the marriage amendment passed, scribbling on the Virginia Bill of Rights written by Jefferson).

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Sent 25.01 earlier today
on the Blue Majority link in your kos story.

I was #58 and that spot is up to #63 and over $2,000.

Thanks for bringing this race to our attention.

May I share in your embarrasment
on those issues though I did convince my Dad to vote against the Marshall Amendment, I could not get him to vote for Webb, but he's a diehard conservative so if I had gotten him to do so, it would've been a landslide for Webb. However, his Precinct & County did go to Jim.

(-8.50/-7.44) "Real Democrats don't make promises they can't keep." Dr. Howard Dean

Is Carter Black?
If she isn't, she'll have a really hard time winning in New Orleans, even against Jefferson.

All you need to do...
is go to her website to answer that question, dude. :)

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