Friday, March 5, 2010

Delahunt won't run again, Edwards wish he could

In another blow to Democrats, U.S. Rep. William Delahunt made it official last night: He’s bowing out of politics and won't seek re-election. And this has nothing to do with the Bishop case?

Another career politician, who at the end of his tenure, just like so many this week, this year and the past 10 years, are forced from office or re-election, because of their unethical and criminal behavior. Discovered only by accident or tragedy with little in the way of answers to valid questions.

It was reported earlier this week, Delahunt's campaign coffers are being spent down quickly on lavish expenses for his family and friends.

Justice for the almost President, con-man John Edwards may come sooner than later according to the Inquire. They say, the cheaters poster child will be accused of shuttling campaign funds to his mistress, the mother of his newest child.

It's criminal that justice has to wait for so long to appear.


At March 8, 2010 at 10:13 AM , Blogger abby said...

Personally, I hope Edwards gets in all sorts of hot water. His behavior is all the more appalling because he projected himself as such a honest family man. What a crock of bull. The woman he was involved with sounds like exactly what he deserves, someone with even fewer ethics than he has.

At March 8, 2010 at 12:43 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

Delahunt is probably figuring there is going to be fallout from this Bishop fiasco, and better to be not running for office when that hits. Tough race to win if the press, and the people who were hurt by this woman, are beating you up in the public eye every chance they get. Someone messed up there, that is pretty obvious. Whether it was him, or someone else, he is going to get caught up in the mess, so why not step down and take all that money in his campaign fund and spend it on important things, like fancy dinners and nights on the town for his family and friends. MA politics at its best, don’t you think?

At March 8, 2010 at 4:06 PM , Blogger B. Murray said...

I think the critical piece of your comments here is what Delahunt is going with the money in his campaign war chest. Isn’t there some type of regulations about how this money gets spent? If there isn’t there should damm well be.

At March 9, 2010 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I don't believe there are any laws stopping any candidate from spending all of his/her campaign chest. I have heard of a few donating some money to charity, but that was more mandatory for political reasons.

Just think how much Ted had in his war chest. Kerry had 14 million in his at last check.

At March 9, 2010 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Linda and George said...

No rules for how they spend the money? That does not seem fair, or even legal. I donate to help them cover their campaign expenses, not to have them buy expensive dinners for their friends. How about returning the money to the people that sent it to them since they are not going to use it for what it was intended to be used. I can not beleive there are no regulations about this. Is that just in MA or are there no federal regulations about spending campaign money? Isn't Edwards in trouble for spending his campaign funds on his mistress? What is the criteria for when it is ok and when it isn't? Jim, can you do some research on this and let us know? Something does not seem right here.

At March 9, 2010 at 1:56 PM , Blogger John said...

Can you imagine the nerve of Edwards to ever think any one would vote for him to even be a Town Meeting member at this point, to think this guy thought he deserved to be President of the US of A. We should be thanking our lucky stars that there were not enough people blinded by his supposed sincerity

At March 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Nothing in the campaign finance laws says that a candidate can't spend any or all of their money raised on anything.

In the Edwards case, he never reported spending money on his mistress, which is what he will be charged with mis use of campaign funds and lying about it.

They also have the right to give money to their party and other candidates, up to a limit.

DeLahaunt is a career politician and knows all the ways to game the system.


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