Ex-Congressman Gets 30-Month Prison Sentence–for Election Fraud

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Corrupt politicians are parasites–like leeches

How many out-and-out crooks and villains do we have in our government?

Well, there’s gonna be one less.

Former Representative Michael “Ozzie” Meyers, Pennsylvania Democrat who served in Congress for two terms, 1976-1980, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, plus a $100,000 fine, by a U.S. District Court judge (https://slaynews.com/news/judge-throws-book-at-ex-dem-congressman-sentences-him-to-30-months-in-prison-for-election-fraud/).

This guy’s a pip. He spent three years in jail in the 1980s, for his role in a major corruption scandal. Retiring early from active politics, he went behind the scenes to specialize in skullduggery. The court found him guilty of election fraud in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Bribery, adding or subtracting votes as needed–the usual Democrat bag of tricks. He was also said to have been involved in juicier crimes that weren’t included in this latest court case.

Meanwhile, there’s Andrew Cuomo running around with $15 million (!) in his political action committee that he’ll never have to give back. Politics been very, very good to him! That he was all but chased out of office under a shower of stones won’t stop him from attempting a comeback.

You go into office with no money to speak of and you come out with millions.

Not nice. Not honest. Why do we let these people do this to us?

I Knew a Politician Who Went to Jail

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[Editor’s Note: Names have been changed to protect the Editor.}

Big-name Democrats–Hillary Clinton, for instance–don’t go to jail. The last time I recall that happening was in the 1970s.

But when Chris Christie was the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, he packed a lot of corrupt small fry off to the Big House.

I knew a man in Somewhereville, NJ, Democrat chairman, member of the governing body. As a reporter, I had frequent occasion to speak with him. Even was at his house a few times.

Quite a few years after I left my job, I happened to glance at my mother’s daily paper (she lived in another county), and whose picture should I see on the front page, doing the perp walk down the courthouse steps, but Mr. X from Somewhereville. Christie had successfully prosecuted him for extortion.

Thing is, by then, Mr. X was well into his 80s. Kind of old to be doing extortion. But I guess certain habits die hard.

My wife had always been convinced that Mr. X was a wrong ‘un, and was kind of afraid of him. Didn’t want me getting on his bad side and winding up face-down in the landfill. When she saw that picture in the paper, she let me know she’d told me so. “See? See? Toldja!”

I confess I thought Mr. X was an okay guy, and I didn’t take my wife’s misgivings to heart. Maybe I should’ve. I mean, it’s a rather shocking thing when somebody you know gets packed off to prison for extortion. Makes you wonder about certain other people whom you thought you knew.

And a few years after that, I learned that another Somewhereville politician whom I used to know, but who got run out of town when all the little guys ganged up on him, finished his career… in jail. Fraud. Failure to pay taxes. That would be a lot of taxes. And various schemes that were very far from being honest.

Yes, you do wonder. Who else did I use to know, who wound up in the can? And how lucky was I that I never got popped for stumbling over something that certain persons wouldn’t have wanted me to see?

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Memory Lane: Congressman “Cold Cash” Jefferson

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Hey! Remember this guy? Congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana. They called him “cold cash” because federal agents found $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer (http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/06/nation/na-jefferson6).

The investigation started in 2005 and they caught him with the cash in 2006–whereupon he was promptly re-elected to Congress. In 2009 he was sentenced to prison for bribery and money laundering. And in 2017 they let him out because the Supreme Court “raised the prosecutorial bar” in cases involving official corruption–a very bad idea, in retrospect.

How much money do you have squirreled away in your freezer?

No one comes home from Capitol Hill poor.