THE PLANK DECEMBER 11, 2006
Who does Louisiana Congressman "Dollar Bill" Jefferson have to thank for his improbable feat of winning reelection while after an FBI corruption investigation turned up $90,000 in his freezer? Oddly enough, the Bush administration. According to the Times-Picayune (via PoliticalWire):
Jefferson may have benefited from widespread post-Katrina disgust with the federal power structure. Under one theory, if the national government could fumble the region's recovery so badly, its lawyers also could be targeting Jefferson wrongly.
Even more interesting, this presumption of Jefferson's innocence crossed racial lines. The same Times-Picayune article reports that Jefferson enjoyed "newfound support among white voters."