Oh the shock and amazment. Yes today the House of Representatives joins the Senate and California Governor Schwartzenagger in ending the funding of ACORN. Well most of the Senate, and most of the House.
This of course is the reaction to 5 videos from across the country (Baltimore, Brooklyn, San Bernadino, San Diego, and Washington D.C.) presenting ACORN workers as they promote and advocate brothels, the use of illegal aliens and sex slavery. Which says nothing of the voter registration fraud the organization has been in and out of courtrooms for, over 8 years in 9 States.
Even the most successful community organizer, President Obama – through Press Secretary Gibbs – denounced the actions presented in the various videos. The pressure has been so great that ACORN has moved from denials of wrong-doing, to threats of lawsuit, to now starting an “internal, independant” investigation.
But the decision to defund ACORN has not been unanimous. Even with explicit video evidence of wrong-doing – advocating prostitution and defrauding the Government – some Senators and Representatives seem to be more concerned with defending a political ally (and campaign contributor) than standing up for their constituents.
Notable for me, and New York voters is Senator Gillibrand who with 6 other Senators stood by ACORN over constituents. But the list in the House is far larger and decidedly political. 75 Democrats were the only ones to vote to allow ACORN to keep its taxpayer funding. Again I note that New York Representative Hinchey, who is my Representative, felt the same political need to support ACORN over voters.
This is something that I hope all New York voters remember during the 2010 mid-term elections, as Rep. Hinchey and Senator Gillibrand are up for re-election.
The other Representatives that voted for bringing prostitution, illegal immigration, underage sex slavery, and tax evasion via ACORN to a community near you are (by State):
**Speaker Pelosi declined to vote – and said it was up to House-Senate negotiators to determine whether the provision to cut funding would be in the final version of the bill. Meaning she is seeking a way to ensure ACORN keeps its funding even with these votes.**
Corrine, Castor, Wexler
Davis, Jackson, Rush, Schakowsky
Capuano, Delahunt, Lynch, Markey, McGovern, Neal, Olver, Tsongas
New Jersey –
Holt, Pallone, Pascrell, Payne, Sires
New York –
Crowley, Engel, **Hinchey**, Meeks, Nadler, Rangel – who has his own monetary and ethical issues, Serrano, Slaughter, Towns, Velazquez
North Carolina –
Brady, Doyle, Fattah
South Carolina –
Al Green, Jackson-Lee, E.B. Johnson
West Virginia –
You might want to review this list as political ads asking you to re-elect them in the 2010 mid-term elections start to flood your airwaves over the next 11 months.