(Cross post from swing state project
where I do some guest blogging)
Chris Bowers just asked a question quite appropriate for this diary.
DeLay, Santorum and now Frist--is there a congressional Republican holding a leadership position who is not breaking the law?
While I am sure there are a few who have managed to stay away from the long arm of the law, others are rushing to join the club. Maybe its a form of Washington, D.C. street cred?
What's next, a L.W.A. (Legislators With Attitude) rap album featuring DeLay, Santorum, Frist, and now Billy Tauzin III? The first single could be called, "Straight out of prep school." Follow that up with "F&@# the ethics committee."
With two days before the Louisiana run-offs, Billy Tauzin III (Rep. LA-3) has legal troubles to worry about. Tauzin III is squaring off against Democratic challenger Charles Melancon. Tauzin's father currently occupies the Republican held seat. The Stakeholder has the details.
Undermining claims he has learned from his DWI arrest and put his legal troubles behind him, public documents reveal that congressional candidate Billy Tauzin III has been charged with a spate of new offenses this year.
...The conditions of his DWI probation required Tauzin to "refrain from criminal conduct, specifically the violation of any State, Federal, Local or Municipal law." According to 22nd Judicial District Court documents, failure to comply with these conditions could result in the revocation of Tauzin's probation and the six-month jail term to which he was originally sentenced.
The real irony comes on the heels of Dick Cheney flying down to campaign for Tauzin III. The veep had this to say:
"All of you know Billy very well," Cheney said. "He has deep roots in this district, a close connection to the people who live here, and one of the most trusted names in Louisiana politics. He's supported by both Democrats and Republicans, he's an active member of the community, and he shares your values."
After all, Dick Cheney is in a unique position to make the claim that DWI convictions and probation violations are shared Louisiana values. The real question here is, how difficult is it for Republicans that hold office, or are running for office to stay afoul of the law?