Tapper: 'Cold Cash' Jefferson Is Leading Dems on Katrina Anniversary Tours?

August 22nd, 2006 3:54 PM

On his "Political Punch" blog (formerly "Down and Dirty"), ABC reporter Jake Tapper reports that the ethical scolds in the Democratic Party are somehow overlooking the corruption of Congressman Bill "Cold Cash" Jefferson as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina rolls around:

The Democratic Caucus's Katrina Task Force will travel to the Gulf Coast region from August 27 through August 30 to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. One special part of this trip? On Monday, August 28, roughly 20 House Democrats will be guided on a tour of the region by Rep. William Jefferson, D-LA and the National Guard.

That may seem especially odd considering the history of Jefferson and the National Guard in New Orleans. You may remember Jefferson from a year ago, when we broke the story that in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings — even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops. (Read the story HERE)

Or you may recall the recent FBI search of his congressional office in a bribery, fraud and conspiracy investigation -- which included the discovery of $90,000 in his freezer. (Read that story HERE; or watch the video HERE).

This may prove to be an interesting tour.

Ah, but will Tapper be able to take this story from the Web to the airwaves? And how will the Democrats defend themselves if it happens?