Your Government At Work: A Congresswoman’s Lobbyist Shakedown
Big Government got its hands on a rather enlightening voice mail left by District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton:
“I was, frankly, uh, uh, surprised to see that we don’t have a record, so far as I can tell, of your having given to me despite my uh, long and deep uh, work. In fact, it’s been my major work, uh, on the committee and sub-committee it’s been essentially in your sector.
I am, I’m simply candidly calling to ask for a contribution. As the senior member of the um, committee and a sub-committee chair, we have (chuckles) obligations to raise, uh funds. “
The truth, of course, is that Norton is doing anything that any other politician or candidate for office hasn’t done. The only difference, as Ed Morrissey notes, is that she was dumb enough to let herself be recorded doing it:
The only difference between Holmes Norton and her colleagues appears to be that she’s not smart enough to avoid leaving her shakedown message on a recording. This kind of fundraising usually gets left to staffers, who are more discreet in their pitch. It’s a measure of the desperation among Democrats to get funds from safe seats like that of Holmes Norton that can be transferred to other Democrats who are in big trouble this year.
So it would seem.