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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

What an interesting little tidbit

Amid Katrina Chaos, Congressman Used National Guard to Visit Home
Two Heavy Trucks, Helicopter Were Involved in Lawmaker's Trip at Height of Crisis

Sept. 13, 3005 — Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck, a local congressman 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, ABC News has learned.

On Friday, Sept. 2 — five days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast — Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., who represents New Orleans and is a senior member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, was allowed through the military blockades set up around the city to reach the Superdome, where thousands of evacuees had been taken.

Military sources tells ABC News that Jefferson, an eight-term Democratic congressman, asked the National Guard that night to take him on a tour of the flooded portions of his congressional district. A 5-ton military truck and a half dozen military police were dispatched.

Lt. Col. Pete Schneider of the Louisiana National Guard tells ABC News that during the tour, Jefferson asked that the truck take him to his home on Marengo Street, in the affluent uptown neighborhood in his congressional district. According to Schneider, this was not part of Jefferson's initial request.

Jefferson defended the expedition, saying he set out to see how residents were coping at the Superdome and in his neighborhood. He also insisted that he did not ask the National Guard to transport him.

"I did not seek the use of military assets to help me get around my city," Jefferson told ABC News. "There was shooting going on. There was sniping going on. They thought I should be escorted by some military guards, both to the convention center the Superdome and uptown."

The water reached to the third step of Jefferson's house, a military source familiar with the incident told ABC News, and the vehicle pulled up onto Jefferson's front lawn so he wouldn't have to walk in the water. Jefferson went into the house alone, the source says, while the soldiers waited on the porch for about an hour. (oh there is so much more here and here)

Oh, gee, isn't this just the sweetest thing. Another statesman in Louisiana showing such compassion for his fellow constituents. This would be some sort of comedy as in the "Dukes of Hazzard" if it wasn't such a pathetic excuse of wantom power by The Man.

'"This wasn't about me going to my house. It was about me going to my district," he said.'

Ah, huh, right.

In this article that reads like a really bad television pilot, there contains two trucks (one being a five-ton truck), a helicopter, the Louisiana National Guards, the U.S. Coast Guard, a couple of evacuees, a rescue swimmer, and one Congressman who just happens to be a Democrat.

So, I know it's a long-ass read, but well worth the time.


At 7:13 PM , Blogger Evilicious Blonde said...


Can't say I'm surprised.

At 10:22 PM , Blogger Snafu said...

He did not ask the National Guard to transport him, but did he ask the Military Police to guard him!?!

At 5:10 AM , Blogger Mike's America said...

This is the same congressman being investigated for corruption by the FBI who found a stash of cash in his freezer when they searched his house.

Did Jefferson ask the military police who should have been rescuing people to carry out any bags of cash?

I've got five bucks that says we don't hear this story in the "mainstream" blame Bush media.

At 6:15 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

Another disgraceful politician betraying his constituency. This time it possibly cost some lives.

At 8:37 AM , Blogger "Alice" said...

mike: of course not. Now, if it had been a "R" that would have been a whole different ballgame.

monicar: probably, but he didn't care...he's The CongressMAN and it was his city, donchaknow.

snaf: guard him against whom? those his people.

blondage: not surprised either.


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