June 4th, 2007
05:18 PM ET
9 years ago

DCCC: Jefferson indictments a "tragedy"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Monday his party is committed to an ethical Congress, following the news that Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson has been indicted on 16 criminal counts related to corruption.

"We are keeping our pledge to make this the most open and ethical Congress, ending the 'culture of corruption' that prevailed under 12 years of Republican rule," DCCC Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said in a statement. "We are changing the way business in Washington is done by passing the strongest ethics rules in Congressional history and lobbying reform - breaking the tie between lobbyists and legislators."

"This is a tragedy for Mr. Jefferson's family, his constituents, and for the United States Congress," Van Hollen added. "For the good of the people of Louisiana's 2nd District, who have been through so much, we hope this matter is quickly resolved."

 - CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Jason, Buffalo, New York

    Same as it ever was.

    I would like a statement from Pelosi herself.

    June 4, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Kevin Crawford

    Cleaning up Congress? From a Democrat? Pathetically laughable

    June 4, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Chad, San Diego CA

    Van Hollen is a weasle. A Democrat gets in trouble, so he spins it back on the Republicans and sidesteps talking about the individual at the center of all this. Classic!

    June 4, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Tom

    You could randomly tap people on the shoulder in any city or town in this nation and have about a 90% chance of finding more competent people to serve in the legislature than this bunch, both parties included.

    June 4, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The Republicans don't have room to talk about anyone... Under the Bush Administration is has been one scandle after another. This is by far the dumbest President/Administration since Nixon. If former President Carter is too scared to say it! I will. Bush is the worst president since Nixon...

    June 4, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Val, SF, CA

    Yes. This is a tragedy. Why can't both houses get their acts together...

    June 4, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Tom W, Dedham, Mass

    All I ask is that this remains front page, top of the news cycle for the ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN liberal news outlets just like it did to the Republican crooks, fair and balanced...

    June 4, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. JC Phoenix AZ

    Well its nice to see one party taking responsibility for the actions of one of thier corrupt people. We had twelve years of the most corrupt congress ever and any corrupt person was quickly brushed under the rug or put in higher politcal power in that party.

    June 4, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. RightyTighty

    This and naive Nancy's little vacation to Syria is why the word Democrat is not synonymous with the word Ethics or Defense.., will we never learn. 90,000 in a freezer? Homeland Security board, offences known before a unanimous Democratic vote to the board??? Talk about a culture of corruption, jeeezzah! Modern day progressive's are shameless and can not be trusted with our future!!

    June 4, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. LeftyLosey

    The tragedy is that we believed there would be a difference this time. Nancy was so convincing.., will we never learn.

    June 4, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. RozColrdGlas'

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    June 4, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. RIco, San Francisco

    This is a bit different from the K Street project.

    June 4, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |