Thursday, March 29, 2007

CA Senator Caught With Hand in Cookie Jar...

...yet when Dianne Feinstein was forced to resign from chairing the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee this week, it didn't even make the front page of her hometown San Francisco Chronicle.

During Feinstein's tenure as chair, the subcommittee has awarded over a billion dollars' worth of contracts to two companies owned by Feinstein's husband.

Ed Morrissey: "...we have a senior Democrat who made sure that over a billion dollars of federal money got routed through her own checkbook, with her husband as proxy. When can we expect to see a Democratic investigation into this brand of corruption?

"Feinstein never should have sat on subcommittees that hand out federal contracts for markets in which her own family businesses compete. If the Democrats meant what they said in 2006, Feinstein provides an excellent test case for their new sense of ethics. They should expel her from the Senate and have California hold a special election to replace her. If they do nothing, then they have exposed themselves as the party of self-enrichment at the expense of taxpayers."

I'm fairly confident that not only will Feinstein not be expelled, this story probably won't get much play in the mainstream media. As of today's date, the Google News page for "Dianne Feinstein military subcommittee" has a mere handful of articles, most from conservative sources such as Judicial Watch and World Net Daily. I'll be pleasantly surprised if that changes, but I don't expect it.


Blogger Dana said...

Okay, to the MSM and their um, less than unbiased position, I have only two words: Cheney/Haliburton...


6:38 PM  
Blogger Laura said...



12:16 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

You know, I've scoured the LA Times again this morning and still don't see anything on this. Such a golden opportunity to do some serious reporting involving our golden state, and ....nothing...(unless I've perhaps overlooked it?)

9:42 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You'd think the Times would find it noteworthy that our senator is no longer chairing an important subcommittee, even if they weren't interested in the circumstances of her leaving...

Meanwhile today Google News doesn't show any fresh articles from other sources, either.


9:45 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I guess the LAT missed this irony -Feinstein was quoted 3/25/07, saying,

"He (Alberto Gonzalez) serves one master, and that's the people of this country." and... "...must be "straightforward" and "follow the law." and..."I believe he should step down." and... "I think the nation is not well-served by this."

(full transcript:

Apparently these judgements only apply to others and are not self applicable. Its amazing what actions we will justify and rationalize to squeak by.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

That is a *fabulous* quote, Dana! Thanks so much for adding that info here.

Best wishes, Laura

8:47 PM  

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