REP. CHAKA FATTAH INDICTED IN RACKETEERING CASE
…[Five people were] charged today in a 29-count indictment with participating in a racketeering conspiracy and other crimes, including bribery; conspiracy to commit mail, wire and honest services fraud; and multiple counts of mail fraud, falsification of records, bank fraud, making false statements to a financial institution and money laundering, the U.S. Attorney said.
Needless to say, the word ‘Democrat’ appears nowhere in that article (neither does it appear here). It’s still compelling reading: allegedly [mc_name name=’Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’F000043′ ] (who is a Democrat, by the way) used the time period between 2007 and 2011 to repeatedly enrich himself, family members, and select third parties at the expense of the public purse. That this time period also dovetails neatly with Democratic control of Congress is absolutely no surprise to me, and should not be a surprise to anybody else. You get the feeling that oversight wasn’t exactly [mc_name name=’Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’P000197′ ]’s primary interest at that point. Overlooking? Sure. Oversight? …Not so much.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: PA-02 is… a D+39 district. That’s… a lot more than even LA-02, which of course was Dollar Bill Jefferson’s* old district. Flipping it in the special – assuming that Democrat Chaka Fattah resigns, of course – will be, ah, tricky. But you don’t win if you never try.
*”…in his freezer.”