Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton left the following message, which by now must be infamous, on a lobbyist’s voice mail.
I was, frankly, uh, uh, surprised to see that we don’t have a record, so far as I can tell, of your having given to me despite my uh, long and deep uh, work. In fact, it’s been my major work, uh, on the committee and sub-committee it’s been essentially in your sector.
I am, I’m simply candidly calling to ask for a contribution. As the senior member of the um, committee and a sub-committee chair, we have (chuckles) obligations to raise, uh funds. And, I think it must have been me who hasn’t, frankly, uh, done my homework to ask for a contribution earlier. So I’m trying to make up for it by asking for one now, when we particularly, uh, need, uh contributions, particularly those of us who have the seniority and chairmanships and are in a position to raise the funds.
Breitbart’s Big Government reports that Rep. Norton was just one of many Democrats making shakedown calls at the behest of Nancy Pelosi. This is exactly the type of Gangster Government the people of this nation are rising up against. It is particularly galling coming from the party that claims so loud and clear, and often too, that they are not beholden to lobbyists.
“those of us who have the seniority and chairmanships and are in a position to raise the funds” is political talk that means we are the dons who can order the goons not to break your children’s legs. Perhaps that’s going too far. Let’s just say it means we are the ones that can approve those $2,000 toilet seats you want to sell to the Pentagon.
There are a lot of honest Democrats. I’m sure of that. I just don’t think any of them hold political office.