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Sunday, December 10, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via WaPo: Jefferson Overcomes Scandal, Wins Reelection

Jefferson grabbed a commanding lead over state Rep. Karen Carter, a fellow Democrat, almost as soon as the polls closed in the New Orleans district. With 44 percent of the precincts reporting, Jefferson, had 61 percent of the vote.

NOLA.com: Times-Picayune Updates:

Confounding political pundits and a slew of rivals who had become confident of his defeat, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, neatly sidestepped a roiling federal corruption probe to win re-election on Saturday to his ninth term in Congress.

Guilty pleas by aides and associates who admitted to bribing the congressman and the revelation in court documents that FBI agents had found $90,000 in marked bills stuffed into Jefferson’s freezer had put the scent of blood in political waters.

Well, I hope that Jefferson enjoys his triumph now, as indictments, a trial and jail time are likely ahead in the new year.

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