Roll Call notes that Congressman William Jefferson under investigation for bribery and last seen with $90,000 in cold cash hidden in his freezer, has startled his Congressional colleagues by illegally circulating a request for campaign funds using Congressional stationery and franking privileges:
On only the fourth day of the new year, we've decided that the 2007 "Some Nerve!" award goes to ... Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.).
You might think that a guy who's still the subject of a federal bribery investigation would be more careful than to use taxpayer resources to raise campaign money. But nope, not Jefferson. And heck, he still hasn't provided us with that "honorable explanation" he promised for the bizarro (and alleged) $90,000 in cash federal agents confiscated from a freezer in his Capitol Hill home.
Last week, House Democrats were shocked to receive a letter from Jefferson - on his official Congressional stationery, no less - asking colleagues to donate money to help him retire his campaign debt.
And so we begin the trudge down the path Pelosi promised us would be "the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history".