Thursday, January 05, 2006
On December 6, 2005 a spokesman for Kentucky’s ultra rightwing freshmen 4th District Congressman Geoff Davis told the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Geoff Davis is not wealthy.
The comment was in defense of the Congressman’s lavish personal reimbursements totaling $69,154 for “campaign expenses” incurred during his failed campaign in 2002, his successful run in 2004 and his future, now suddenly Delay/Abramoff-free, 2006 attempt.
Davis’ spokesperson Jessica Towhey continued justifying to the Cincinnati Enquirer:
"It is reasonable for Geoff Davis to spend $1,000 to $2,000 a month on the campaign trail…[Davis] has put more than 100,000 miles on his truck campaigning.”
Why you would almost think he didn't count rich developer friends among his supporters back in the district.
The bulk of the Enquirer’s facts came from information posted on the excellent BluegrassReport.org where information on the Congressman’s lavish cash gifts from Tom Delay ($30,000), Randy Cunningham ($11,000) and, by extension, Jack Abramoff can be found.
Readers of this blog might remember that I had a chat with a Davis staffer last September regarding the Congressman’s lock-step support of President Bush’s suspension of fair wage laws within the Hurricane Katrina disaster zone.
On September 21, 2005 Armstrong Robinson returned a call I made to Congressman Davis’ Washington, DC office and described the Rooseveltian fair wage laws as:
“Outdated Depression-era law.”
As a resident of the 4th District, I told Mr. Robinson that I would be interested in having a copy of Davis' position in writing.
Mr. Robinson, on September 21, 2005, promised to get this information in “this afternoon's mail”.
On November 10, 2005 I received a two-page letter from Davis’ office (dated November 8) that failed to deliver Armstrong Robinson’s promised detail of Mr. Davis’ support for the Bush post Katrina fair wage suspension.
Mr. Davis doesn’t want the ordinary working families of northern Kentucky to know that following the worst natural disaster in American history he was for the elimination of the 1931 fair wage law that successfully flooded the work-starved Louisiana and Mississippi labor pool with unskilled Latino workers.
Mr. Davis’s staff claims he isn’t wealthy.
The congressman’s recent actions suggest, barring the widening Abramoff scandal, that he wanted to change his personal economic status at a time when he was using his elective office to support the President’s quasi-legal suspension of Federal Law and the elimination of a fair wage for ordinary working people.
Give the smelly Delay-Cunningham-Abramoff money back Mr. Davis or 2006 will see you driving that old truck back to Hebron.
Six minutes after I published this post my tracker registered a visit from someone using the information system within the US House of Representatives.
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