Opinion And Comment: Bob Weaver|
Republican Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito has broken ranks with the GOP and voted
for the passage of the campaign finance Shays-Meehan bill. West Virginia's two other
congressmen, Alan Mollohan and Nick Joe Rahall, both Democrats, voted against the bill
which calls for the end of "corrupting soft money" that flows to Washington politicians.
The bill did pass the House and Senate, with numerous attempts by Republicans to destroy
the bill with amendments, while publicly the Bush administration was "supporting"
campaign finance reform.
The campaign finance bill apparently has some loopholes and problems, which hopefully
will be corrected.
With the Enron scandal and its $61 billion bankruptcy thrashing hundreds of thousands of
Americans ( the taxpayers pocketbooks will be added to the fiasco), Congressmen Mollohan
and Rahall should hang their heads in disgrace. Government rule bending, head turning and
lack of oversight will stand as a significant part of the problem.
The prestigious Hur Herald Sludge Pot Award is being presented to the two Congressmen,
with a challenge to the Democratic Party in West Virginia to begin working on some new
candidates for Congress. These boys are much too comfortable at the feeding trough.
Capito's breaking with the GOP caused a splash a few weeks ago when she voted against
Bush's fast track trade bill, which many West Virginian's fear would continue that "giant
sucking sound" with GATT and NAFTA taking more local jobs to low-paying foreign
countries. Hundreds of jobs have left or are leaving the immediate area, many held by local
Read Tony Russell's op-ed piece on Washington's addiction to corporate money under
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