In the wake of the Blagojevich scandal, Republicans are desperately trying to tar the Democratic Party with the “Culture of Corruption” meme.
Problem is, the Republicans have been far, far more corrupt than the Democrats. In fact, here’s a list of Senators, Governors and Representatives who have been indicted, convicted, put under federal investigation or gotten involved in a sex scandal since 2006.
Here are the Democrats:
Sen. Chris Dodd (CT): Under federal investigation (Abuse of power)
Gov. Rod Blagojevich (IL): Arrested (Bribery, Pay-for-Play)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer (NY): Resigned, not charged (Sex scandal)
Rep. William Jefferson (LA): Indicted, lost re-election (Bribery)
Rep. Tom Rooney (FL): Lost re-election (Sex scandal)
Rep. Alan Mollohan (WV): Under federal investigation (Abuse of power)
Rep. Charles Rangel (NY): Under House Ethics Committee investigation (Failing to report income) ***
And now the Republicans:
Sen. Ted Stevens (AK): Convicted, lost re-election (Failing to report income)
Sen. David Vitter (LA): Admitted guilt, not charged. (Sex scandal)
Sen. Larry Craig (ID): Plead guilty, resigned. (Sex scandal)
Sen. Conrad Burns (MT): Lost re-election (Abramoff)
Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay (TX): Indicted (Money laundering, conspiracy, campaign finance violation, Abramoff)
Rep. John Doolittle (CA): Under federal investigation, resigned. (Abramoff)
Rep. Vito Fossella (NY): Resigned (DWI, Sex scandal)
Speaker of the House Rep. Dennis Hastert (IL): Resigned (Mark Foley)
Rep. Richard Pombo (CA): Lost re-election (Pay-forPlay, campaign finance violations Abramoff)
Rep. Ken Calvert (CA): Under federal investigation (Abuse of power, Pay-for-Play)
Rep. Mark Foley (FL): Resigned (Sex scandal, Mark F0ley)
Rep Rick Renzi (AZ): Indicted, resigned (Money laundering, extortion, fraud)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (CA): Under federal investigation (Abuse of power, Pay-for-Play)
Rep. Don Young (AK): Under federal investigation (Abuse of power, Pay-for-Play)
Rep. Tom Feeny (FL): Under federal investigation (Abramoff)
Rep. Tim Murphy (PA): Under federal investigation (Abuse of power)
Rep. John Sweeney (NY): Lost re-election (Pay-for-Play, Abramoff)
Rep. Curt Weldon (PA): Lost re-election (Pay-for-Play)
Rep. Don Sherwood (PA): Lost re-election (Sex scandal)
[*** I included Rangel even though he isn’t under federal investigation; the inquiry into his finances is currently limited to the House Ethics Committee. Members of the Congressional leadership are in bold.]
So, that’s 7 Democrats versus 19 Republicans, and 2 of those Republicans were members of their party’s leadership at the time.
Plus, the Culture of Corruption isn’t just about how much corruption your party has, it’s also about how tolerant you are of corruption.
For example, compare RNC Chairman Mike Duncan’s statement on Rod Blagojevich:
Leaders of both political parties have a responsibility to clearly condemn the actions by Governor Rod Blagojevich as alleged by federal prosecutors today. Americans expect strong leadership, but President-elect Barack Obama’s comments on the matter are insufficient at best.
To his statement on Ted Stevens:
Obviously, I’m very concerned. It’s a serious allegation. The prosecutor said that it was the beginning of the process and that we should all keep in mind that it is an allegation, that no one has been convicted. With all that being said, I’m anxious to hear from the senator.
Let’s face it, not only are Republicans far more corrupt, they’re far more willing to protect corrupt members of their party.
Sorry, conservatives, but one bad Governor doesn’t change the fact that Culture of Corruption has been, and will continue to be, part of the Republican Party.