Congressman Who Sponsored Resolution Honoring O’Keefe Criticizes the Landrieu Sting

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm

In October, freshman Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) introduced a resolution honoring James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles for their ACORN sting. Thirty-one Republicans co-sponsored the resolution. Tonight, I asked Olson’s office whether the resolution would be withdrawn and got this response:

Individuals who lawfully expose wrongful activities by an entity like ACORN receiving federal tax dollars should be praised.  However, if recent events conclude that any laws were broken in the incident in Senator Landrieu’s office – that is not something I condone.  Citizens have an important role in helping to expose waste and/or fraud when their tax dollars are being spent, but it must be done in a lawful manner.

Still unclear — whether the resolution (which had next to no chance of passing) will be withdrawn.

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ccatl
Comment posted January 26, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

If he does not withdraw this resolution it will be a slap in the face to his colleague. I think he must know it is the right thing to do.


jim
Comment posted January 27, 2010 @ 12:58 am

Olsen's statement is disingenuous at best: the ACORN sting was just as illegal as this farce (keep in mind that two independant probes found no criminal action whatsoever on ACORN's part, & that O'Keefe admits that he inserted a different audio track after he made the ACORN video, so its veracity is extremely dubious, to say the least), but doing it on USG property this time means he's just bought himself a world of hurt.

I hope Olsen keeps his resolution in play – it's an excellent barometer of basic ethical & political sanity: anyone still voting for it at this point should probably require a safety-helmet & 24/7 adult supervision, not a career in national politics.


Nathan
Comment posted January 27, 2010 @ 10:07 am

The “entity” ACORN did no wrong-anymore than a “contractor” like Blackwater is responsible for the transgressions of it's employees. The difference being that there is considerable evidence that Blackwater, which is still operating in Paki under a govt contract, suppressed the wrong doing of its employees, and has harassed whistle blowers. In contrast, there is no evidence that ACORN did so. Curiously, only ACORN has been singled out for punishment.

Why is that?


Nathan
Comment posted January 27, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

The “entity” ACORN did no wrong-anymore than a “contractor” like Blackwater is responsible for the transgressions of it's employees. The difference being that there is considerable evidence that Blackwater, which is still operating in Paki under a govt contract, suppressed the wrong doing of its employees, and has harassed whistle blowers. In contrast, there is no evidence that ACORN did so. Curiously, only ACORN has been singled out for punishment.

Why is that?


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