Monday, January 09, 2006

Tiahrt’s movin’ on up to the big corruption leagues

What happens when you are caught up in two political bribery scandals, try and justify torture, take in some of the biggest campaign contributions from such slick companies as Koch Industries? In the Republican Party you stand a good chance of being promoted to minority whip.

According to The Wichita Eagle, January, 9, 2006, Rep. Todd Tiahrt has decided to run for House majority whip, the No. 3 leadership post in U.S. House of Representatives, according to his press secretary, Chuck Knapp.

To win the position, Tiahrt would need the support of the majority of the House of Representatives Republican caucus, which holds a majority in the chamber. The leadership election is anticipated to take place Feb. 2.

He should be a shoe-in. Among Tiahrt’s good friends are Michael Scanlon, a Republican political operative, publicist and former press spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, pled guilty November 21 to conspiring with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to bribe a Republican congressman and cheat several American Indian tribes out of tens of millions of dollars.

Tiahrt himself said:

"TomDeLay did nothing wrong," said Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan, last May. "There is no evidence of any breaking of the House rules, no evidence of breaking any laws of the land or of the laws of Texas."

So he has plenty of support among the corrupted Republican Party leaders in Congress. The big question now is “How long with the common folks of Kansas tolerate this?"

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