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March 1, 2006

John Conyers: Not Just Kooky But Corrupt

Despite the incessantly repeated talking points, the party characterized by its Culture of Conniptions is probably not in the best position to point fingers when it comes to corruption. Harry Reid's Abramoff ties are one reason. Hillary is another. Congressman John Conyers is a third.

In a 26-paragraph article that manages to get to paragraph #25 without using any form of the word "Democrat," The Hill details some of the various misdeeds of Conyers (D-MI), who may be best known to connoisseurs of moonbattery for the absurd kangaroo court over which he presided last June, which found the President guilty of various imaginary crimes. Others may recall that his staff allegedly stole 60 turkeys from a charity.

Allegations described in The Hill include:

  • Demanding that his congressional aides work on local and state campaigns (for example, his wife's fail state Senate bid).
  • Forcing aides to baby-sit, tutor, and chauffeur his children.
  • Stiffing a catering company.

Some of his aides face allegations too:

  • Using his office to obtain a fake passport in order to flee to Ghana after being convicted of fraud, making false statements, and government theft.
  • Conducting a private law practice out of his office.

"I could not tolerate any longer being involved with continual unethical, if not criminal, practices which were accepted as 'business as usual,'" his former deputy chief of staff wrote in a letter to a congressional ethics panel. Her allegations against Conyers go back to 1998.

At least he seems to have gotten away with swiping the turkeys.

Hat tip:

"What turkeys?"

Posted by Van Helsing at March 1, 2006 6:33 AM


Conyers has always impressed me as one of the most supremely pompous windbags ever to have strutted on the political stage in my lifetime. It's time for some serious House-cleaning. And yet, these charges will probably have little effect on his re-election unless they result in having the bum thrown out of Congress. You see, none of this was probably his fault, anyway.

Posted by: The MaryHunter at March 1, 2006 10:52 AM

Yeah, the turkey transgressions really rank right up there with the world terrorism, corporate malfeasance, and the liquidation of an entire American city, by the Bush Crime Family.

More of that brilliant wingnut perspective we've all come to count on.

Posted by: hashfanatic at March 2, 2006 8:21 AM

I am reminded of a story told to me by a friend way back, who interned at then Rep. Paul Sarbanes (MD) office, who had the misfortunate of being across the hall I think, from the office of a now-deceased moonbat, Rep. Bella Abzug (NY).

I was told Rep. Abzug rode her staff so hard it that some would come over to the Sarbanes office for a good cry afterwards.

Posted by: ex-expat at March 2, 2006 8:32 AM

That's simply because the repugs pay their staff to laze around, hang out, and help them steal.

Ms. Abzug evidently expected her underlings to WORK and make other working people's tax dollars COUNT.

The concept of yoking financial reward to actual accomplishment is something the failed policies of neoconservatism simply can't wrap its collective mind around.

Posted by: hashfanatic at March 2, 2006 4:57 PM

There's that projection thing again...

Posted by: Archonix at March 2, 2006 5:44 PM

I thank God every day that we have a man like Congressman Conyers serving us, with dignity, intelligence and integrity.

Maybe he will serve as a model for the Republicans, and show them what they might one day come up from.

Posted by: hashfanatic at March 3, 2006 12:21 AM

Workplace bullies & ogres can be found both in the public and private sector. I would caution you in the old adage of being careful what you wish for, for you may actually get it.

Posted by: ex-expat at March 3, 2006 8:56 AM

Workplace bullies, ogres & scoundrels abound both in the public and private sectors. I would caution you, hashfanatic, with the old adage about being careful what you wish for, for you may get it.

Posted by: ex-expat at March 3, 2006 9:00 AM

Are you calling Congressman Conyers a workplace bully and an ogre?

Well, if he is....more power to him!

As long as he is on the site of goodness and decency, and opposed to the immoral policies of the fascist Bush Crime Family, that's just fine with me!

Posted by: hashfanatic at March 3, 2006 11:35 AM

Whew! Seems to me someone needs to take several deep breaths and lower their blood pressure.

Posted by: ex-expat at March 3, 2006 2:56 PM

Don't confuse passion for illness.

Posted by: hashfanatic at March 3, 2006 5:28 PM