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Monday, May 15, 2023

Speaker McCarthy's Profile in Spinelessness


House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he will not support Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) in his reelection bid after the congressman was charged in a 13-count indictment over alleged financial crimes. 

 “No, I’m not going to support him,” McCarthy told CNN’s Manu Raju on Wednesday. 

Santos has been indicted on 13 charges, including seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds and two counts of making materially false statements to the House. 

Santos also pleaded guilty to using stolen checks in Brazil.

Well. That took political courage!    NOT!

I'm not impressed. 

Santos will not seek re-election for another year. Meanwhile the GQP can count on Santos's lying, cheating, fraudulent votes.


McCarthy should have gotten rid of the Liar, Cheat, and Fraud as soon as he found out about Santos. But, you see, McCarthy needed/needs his vote because of the very slim margin he holds in the House.

Speaker McCarthy: Profile in Spinelessness.


skudrunner said...

What would you expect him to do. Form a lynch party and hang him in the square. The speaker of the house walks a thin line, except the former one who could do and say whatever she wanted with zero repercussions. I guess guilty until proven innocent is the theme of the day.

I am waiting for all the mass protests about the cop killed and the 17 year old who died at the border. Guess the protesters took the weekend off.

Les Carpenter said...

I am beginning to believe there are few pols and elected officials with ethical and moral courage anymore. Most assuredly in the gop. Self interest, followed by party interest seems to be the pinnacle of ethical practice in the gop. I'm sure that applies to the democratic party as well. But at least its leadership has done a better job of tempering the outliers impact.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skud "What would you expect him to do. Form a lynch party and hang him in the square."

So you think that when a House member is found out to be a liar, a cheat, and a fraud (as even Santos himself had admitted -- "I'm Jew-ish, and when we found out he even lied about his mother's death, and when we found out he has an outstanding warrant for his criminal activities in Brazil, and all the rest of his deceptions -- the proper thing is to just let him continue to represent the people he deceived?

You do know that those constituents DON'T WANT HIM TO REPRESENT HIM! But he refused to step away from his deceptively and ill-gotten seat in the House.

And NO! We don't want to form a lynch party and hang him.

If the current Republican Party had any honor and decency (IT DOES NOT!), it would have pressured him to step away from his position until his name was cleared or until he faced the proper consequences for his crimes.

But the current Republican Party-- the party of Trump-- would never do the decent and honorable thing.

Look at the wreck of a human being their hoping will return to the WH.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"THEY'RE, not "their!"

skudrunner said...

I know this is a surprise but everyone, even republicans and hunter, is innocent until Proven guilty. This is sad for those who want mccarthy to crucify someone prior to being found guilty and they still haven't said what the indictment is for. Can you imagine the outrage if joey b was fired for lying all his life about everything from his class standings in law school to his family history and inflation being transient.

But the current democrat party would never do the decent if not the honorable thing. Should go both ways don't you think.

Grey One talks sass said...

skud, you've no evidence except for your feverish dreams that everything the GOP does is the Democratic parties fault. How... abusive... in your thinking skud (aka "Look at what you made me do! It's not my fault I hit you, you made me do it" says abusers everywhere in every time. Weird how they always sound the same, innit?)

No one here asked McCarthy to 'go after' anyone, only hold Mr Santos and his multiple aliases and lies about his past accountable. Now the indictments have dropped and not only has Mr. Santos been loose with his identity he's been loose with campaign finance laws.

skud says "But the current democrat party would never do the decent if not the honorable thing. Should go both ways don't you think."

I'd be pleased as punch if the GOP (MAGA variety) would do the honorable thing but they won't. How do I know? Because up until this very moment they haven't and when someone displays who they are I tend to believe them.

I could name five Democratic Party folks who stepped down when the whiff of indictments came near. Can't say the same for the current GOP. But skud, you do you and continue to be the small dog who just HAS to get in the last bark.

Anonymous said...

skud said they still haven't said what the indictment is for Santos.

Is skud deliberately pretending he doesn't know???

It's been all over the fekking news.

One count of theft of public money and two counts of wire fraud related to an unemployment benefits scheme; and. Two counts of false statements based on lies on Congressional disclosure reports for his 2022 campaign and his earlier unsuccessful 2020 campaign.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Here's more on Santos's criminal indictments:

Heather Cox Richardson: "May 10, 2023 (Wednesday)This morning, federal prosecutors charged Representative George Santos (R-NY) with seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives, and one count of stealing public funds. The charges are tied to his campaign fundraising and unemployment fraud; prosecutors say he received about $25,000 in unemployment insurance benefits during 2020 and 2021, during the worst of the pandemic, when he was, in fact, making about $120,000 a year.

Santos pleaded not guilty and was released on $500,000 bail and immediately began to fundraise off his arrest.

This is another embarrassment for the Republicans. House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, the third-ranking Republican in the House, has championed Santos in ads as “the next generation of Republican leadership.”

There you have it! The RNC chairperson thinks the liar, cheat, and fraud, George Santos, is the future of the Republican Party! LOLOLOLOLOL!

Les Carpenter said...

It may very well be just that Shaw. Unless the folks electing these hypocrites finally realize the depth to which they've been and are being deceived.

skudrunner said...

Grey, I know you are tuned into what is going on and may know what the truth is but most of us still consider a person innocent until Proven guilty. If we got rid of all the politicians who were liars and cheats we wouldn't have any politicians, oh just the dream of it. Look at -H- who was caught with the durham report and sh-its who preached of all the info he had on russia collusion when he knew it wasn't true. Even joey b has lied all his career and I don't see you saying he should be shunned. Electing honest politicians is a nice thought but not going to happen.

I agree with Leslie, we have all been deceived because the politician know we can be bought.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skud: "Look at -H- who was caught with the durham report and sh-its who preached of all the info he had on russia collusion when he knew it wasn't true."

Not quite, but your typical spin. May I remind you and other Hillary haters that SHE IS NOT INDICTED FOR ANYTHING, but the Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate for POTUS, was found liable for sexual assault, and has been indicted on 34 felony counts, and is under other criminal investigations.

Yet the MSM is STILL trying to make Hillary out to be the wrongdoer? LOL!

Durham Report: The FBI was accused of failures but key report finds no deep-state plot against Trump

The FBI ‘failed to uphold mission of strict fidelity’, special counsel John Durham concludes in investigation launched by Bill Barr.

The Durham report was sharply critical of how the FBI decided to open the counterintelligence investigation into Trump, known as “Crossfire Hurricane”, accusing top officials at the bureau of relying on raw and uncorroborated information to continue the inquiry.

"Much of the criticism of the FBI in the roughly 300-page report was already known when the justice department inspector general issued its own report, which raised similar concerns but ultimately concluded that the FBI investigation into Trump was justified.

Trump once predicted that Durham would uncover the “crime of the century”, the investigation proved to be defective in court. Two people he charged were acquitted in court, and only the former FBI lawyer who altered an email to help prepare a wiretap application pleaded guilty."

Shaw Kenawe said...

Barb McQuade(Barbara Lynn McQuade is an American lawyer who served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2010 to 2017.)

"The FBI was unable to corroborate the Steele Dossier, which contained explosive details about Russian kompromat on Trump. That’s 20/20 hindsight. And, importantly, Durham never says the information in it was false, just unconfirmed.

In fact, some aspects of Steele Dossier were confirmed by Mueller and DNI: Putin favored Trump and was working to influence the election in Trump’s favor and against Clinton. It also contained unconfirmed information that could have seriously compromised Trump as president."

Grey One talks sass said...

Interesting take skud - telling me "some people" (yourself?) believe in the concept of innocent until proven guilty and with the next breath talking about HRC being nabbed by the Durham report (she wasn't) (also getting the 'if she'd confess we'd know how to charge her' vibe from you skud).

If Mr Santos hadn't been caught on video lying his bazookas off I'd go along with the innocent until proven guilty theme. When horrible people are caught being horrible a court of law isn't necessary to determine they are horrible, only the degree to which they are held liable for being horrible. Them being horrible was out and loud.

Shaw - thank you for the receipts. To me you are a treasure.

Regarding the subject of getting help from Russians, Randy Rainbow covered this period of recent history as only he can - fabulously!