How do you spell "hypocrisy"?
How about DFL? For weeks we have been hearing about the so-called Republican "culture of corruption". Well now we know just where the corruption truly lies....within the DFL.
Pat Kessler over at WCCO TV does a regular report called "Reality Check". Pat uses this spot to point out irregularities or inconsistencies in advertisements or announcements out of the Minnesota political parties. Last nights "Reality Check" was on the Abramoff scandal. We have heard Ember Reichcott Junge tell us (on At Issue with Tom Hauser - KSTP) how the DFL "never" took money from Abramoff - only his clients and that is different. She was basically parroting the party line as expressed by Howard Dean (which I wrote about here).
Kesslers report (found here) tells the whole story:
Of the $19,000 given to Minnesota politicians by Abramoff clients, $15,000 went to DFLers. And while many politicians are donating the questionable cash to charity, Democrats are not. It's TRUE. The Minnesota DFL Party accepted $9,000 from a non-Minnesota Indian tribe and Abramoff client in 2002.
$9,000 to run the 5 day campaign for Senate that Walter Mondale took up after the death of Senator Paul Wellstone - for a non-Minnesota tribe and St Paul took money from the SAME tribe during the campaign!
What makes this "Reality Check" all the more ironic is that just yesterday morning, Brian Melendez, DFL Chairman, issued this press release in which he talks about ending the "Republican culture of corruption". Mr. Melendez, if you are going to throw stones, you should not live in a glass house. You need to give back all of your "tainted" money (like Senator Colemand and Congressman Kennedy) otherwise your credibility is non-existent.