The guy gets caught with $90,000 cash in his freezer and absolutely no reasonable explanation for it, and he gets re-elected to congress.
Congressman Jefferson has not been charged or convicted of a crime, however, if he were a Republican, he would no longer be in office.
So is the Democrats way of cleaning up Congress?
His presence in Washington could be embarrassing for Democrats, who won control of Congress on a platform of cleaning up corruption. In June, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., led a successful effort to remove Jefferson from the powerful House Ways and Means Committee as the probe unfolded.
Why should we send one more dime down to New Orleans for hurricane cleanup when they elect a guy like this?
City Councilman Oliver Thomas said Jefferson's victory would make the recovery more difficult.
"People are watching this election all around the country and I can only imagine what they are thinking," Thomas said. "It will be very difficult to go back to them and ask them to trust us with the money we need here."
Edited to add-
Kevin at Lakeshore Laments live blogged the election in New Orleans. Kevin provides some helpful insight as he watched the election results come in. Check it out.