Tim Johnson Watch

Representative Tim Johnson was elected to represent the residents of Illinois' 15th Congressional District in Central Illinois. His constituents should know what he's doing.

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Tim Johnson Takes More Money From Tom DeLay Than The Entire Illinois Congressional Delegation!

This site has previously reported Tim Johnson's state-high $25,000 accepted from ethically-challenged Tom DeLay.

To emphasize that this is not just part and parcel of being a Republican, take a look at the state-level data compiled by Public Campaign Action Fund:
DeLay Money Taken By:

Tim Johnson.....................................................$25,000

All Other Illinois Republicans Combined............$23,292
Give the money back, Mr. Johnson!


Blogger IlliniPundit said...

Ummmm, why should he give the money back?

DeLay hasn't even been indicted (except by the lying, partisan press).

10:45 AM  
Blogger IlliniPundit said...

Read this:

"Dean's remark, in a speech to Massachusetts Democrats at their party convention, drew an immediate rebuke from US Representative Barney Frank, the Newton Democrat and one of DeLay's harshest critics. ''That's just wrong," Frank said in an interview on the convention floor. ''I think Howard Dean was out of line talking about DeLay. The man has not been indicted. I don't like him, I disagree with some of what he does, but I don't think you, in a political speech, talk about a man as a criminal or his jail sentence.""

When Barney Frank is calling for moderation, perhaps you've gone just a bit too far?

11:05 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

This is not about the Howard Dean's rhetoric, nor is about that of Tom DeLay (who, as you may recall, has said some pretty out-of-line things this year as well).

This is about the fact that there are serious and credible allegations of ethical impropriety against Mr. DeLay, and that the House majority dominated by Mr. DeLay is working to frustrate the full investigation that will either confirm these charges or vindicate Mr. DeLay. It is no secret that Mr. DeLay's dominance of the House GOP comes from his ability to raise money to keep representatives in office. That is the reason Mr. Johnson should give back the money -- because it would be a statement that he stands for the integrity of the House before his own interests.

2:25 PM  
Blogger IlliniPundit said...

At this point, DeLay's integrity has been questioned by only his political enemies.

If that's your standard, then every Democrat in America should return the money given them by the DNC and raised with the assistance of President Clinton. After all, he's at least admitted guilt to enough wrongdoing to lose his law license. Such money as he's donated to others is tainted - filthy, illicit demon money! - and should be returned immediately, lest it soil the hands of those who received it.

How can you even take this crap seriously?

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's something even more important than Delay: where does Tim Johnson stand on the privatization of Social Security? Far as I know, he's yet to take a stand on Bush's plan. Is he trying to slide under the radar on this?

4:07 PM  
Blogger Philosophe Forum said...

David Gill is the Dem challenger against Tim Johnson in 2006. Voting for him is long overdue!

10:02 PM  
Blogger Mac said...

Anybody notice a pattern here? Michael provides a reasonable analysis of the problem connected with Tim Johnson taking DeLay money. DeLay has been implicated in a number of questionable tactics (including, if you recall, calling in federal marshals to hunt down Texas Democrats so he could push through a Republican-biased redistricting scheme and, oh yes, smearing John McCain's family to give Bush a leg up in the 2000 campaign season). When it comes to government and a person who acts as a moneybags for others, even the appearance of impropriety is a problem. We want our government representatives to stand for something and to have decent ethical values. Johnson's keeping the DeLay money shows he doesn't get the point.

But those commentators who have sided with Johnson and his buddy DeLay in the discussion on this blog apparently can't come up with any defense except to throw dirt on some Democrat (not liking Dean's speech) or note that DeLay has not yet been found to be a criminal. Shows they miss the point about ethical standards--they set a different threshold. We don't just want to be sure that our representatives aren't criminals (that, of course, is important), but we also want them to behave ethically. DeLay has already been chastised by the House ethics committee. Johnson should distance himself.

Well, at least I can almost agree with one of illinipundit's statements--we certainly have had a frequently misleading, frequently partisan press. Though I suspect illinipundit isn't actually complaining about the way the predominantly right-wing press has kowtowed to this administration. Our friendly mega-corporation-owned entities have broadcast the Republican administration's VNRs without even identifying them as such until the White House moles in the press were exposed. They haven't bothered to ask the White House tough questions--from the hyped-up WMD scare for justifying an unnecessary war against Iraq (leading to tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi deaths as well as mutilations and deaths of thousands of US soldiers) through the "post-war" occupation fiasco of looting and resistance and likely establishment of an Islamic theocracy.

At least on the Rove-Libby-Hadley indiscretion in discussing a secret agent with reporters the media has done somewhat better at pursuing the facts. Remember that the White House said neither Rove nor Libby had talked to reporters about Plame. And Bush said he'd fire any staff person who was involved. And now it turns out that these three were involved--and Rove's story doesn't even mesh with Cooper's story. And there was a memoidentifying Pflame and showing that her identity was classified on the plane with Rove and other White House staffers just a day after Wilson's statements about the Niger yellow cake farce. It all suggests dirty tricks and coverup, with national security at stake.

Why hasn't Johnson spoken out on this and asked Bush to fire Rove as he said he would do last year? We know that Rove discussed a CIA agent with reporters. Without more, he should be fired, and that is what Bush said he would do last year.

In fact, why aren't Republicans all around the country calling for the firing of those three? Is violation of national security for partisan dirty tricks something that grassroot Republicans have decided they have to accept to stay in power?

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9:15 AM  

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