IT'S A PROUD DAY - Two West Virginia Congressmen Given Sludge Pot Award


Opinion And Comment: Bob Weaver

Republican Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito has broken ranks with the GOP and voted for the passage of the campaign finance Shays-Meehan bill. West Virginia's two other congressmen, Alan Mollohan and Nick Joe Rahall, both Democrats, voted against the bill which calls for the end of "corrupting soft money" that flows to Washington politicians.

The bill did pass the House and Senate, with numerous attempts by Republicans to destroy the bill with amendments, while publicly the Bush administration was "supporting" campaign finance reform.

The campaign finance bill apparently has some loopholes and problems, which hopefully will be corrected.

With the Enron scandal and its $61 billion bankruptcy thrashing hundreds of thousands of Americans ( the taxpayers pocketbooks will be added to the fiasco), Congressmen Mollohan and Rahall should hang their heads in disgrace. Government rule bending, head turning and lack of oversight will stand as a significant part of the problem.

The prestigious Hur Herald Sludge Pot Award is being presented to the two Congressmen, with a challenge to the Democratic Party in West Virginia to begin working on some new candidates for Congress. These boys are much too comfortable at the feeding trough.

Capito's breaking with the GOP caused a splash a few weeks ago when she voted against Bush's fast track trade bill, which many West Virginian's fear would continue that "giant sucking sound" with GATT and NAFTA taking more local jobs to low-paying foreign countries. Hundreds of jobs have left or are leaving the immediate area, many held by local workers.

Read Tony Russell's op-ed piece on Washington's addiction to corporate money under Opinions and Comments in The Herald.

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