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Congressman used National Guard to visit home

Disgraceful... From ABC News:
Amid Katrina Chaos, Congressman Used National Guard to Visit Home Two Heavy Trucks, Helicopter Were Involved in Lawmaker's Trip at Height of Crisis By JAKE TAPPER Sep. 14, 2005 - Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck, a congressman used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings -- even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops, ABC News has learned. On Sept. 2 -- five days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast -- Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., who represents New Orleans and is a senior member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, was allowed through the military blockades set up around the city to reach the Superdome, where thousands of evacuees had been taken. Military sources tells ABC News that Jefferson, an eight-term Democratic congressman, asked the National Guard that night to take him on a tour of the flooded portions of his congressional district. A 5-ton military truck and a half dozen military police were dispatched. > more
Abuse of power is wrong, no matter what their party affiliation may be. And abuse of power in the midst of human suffering is reprehensible. Shame on you, Congressman.


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