Well dear readers, please remember that we predicted the departure of scandal plagued Jerry Lewis months ago, saying he would not seek another term in the House of Representatives.
Republican political commentator and journalist Robert Novak seems to have validated our reporting and written the following on Friday:
Republican sources on Capitol Hill and in California say Rep. Jerry Lewis, ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee who has been criticized on ethical grounds, will not seek a 16th term next year.
If the word is out so that Novak is picking it up, its a pretty sure thing that Lewis is packing his bags. After all he was second only to his disgraced Republican colleague Tom DeLay in legal defense expenditures last year.
What's most striking about Novak's column is the fact that he doesn't seem to care if he's offending Republicans with his writings as he has no problems mentioning that Riverside's very own Ken Calvert is in trouble on the Hill as well as Lewis.
Lewis is one of at least six Republican House members from California who have faced ethical scrutiny, beginning when Duke Cunningham was sent to prison. Most recently, Rep. Ken Calvert, who was sponsored by Lewis for a coveted Appropriations Committee seat, is under attack. He replaced Rep. John Doolittle, another Californian who resigned from the committee because the Justice Department was investigating him.
Read the complete Novak column here: Novak Says Lewis To Leave Congress
The timing of this information is very interesting, being that a Federal Grand Jury yesterday indicted Democrat William Jefferson for Bribery, Racketeering, Money Laundering, and Obstruction of Justice. Jefferson as you most likely recall is the Louisiana Democrat who took a $100,000 bribe that the FBI had set up and was found holding most of the cash in the freezer in his home.
When you read the charges against Jefferson, it is very easy to see what may be spooking Lewis into retirement. Just read the following excerpt from the FBI press release and substitute the name Lewis for Jefferson and it's very obvious the Feds may have as strong of a case against Lewis as they do Jefferson.
Jefferson, while serving as an elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, used his position and his office to corruptly seek, solicit and direct that things of value be paid to Jefferson and his family members in exchange for his performance of official acts to advance the interests of people and businesses who offered him the bribes.
The things of value allegedly sought and/or received by Jefferson on behalf of his business interests and relatives included hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bribes in the form of payments from monthly fees or retainers, consulting fees, percentage shares of revenues and profits, flat fees for items sold, and stock ownership in the companies seeking his official assistance.
So that only leaves two questions to ponder dear readers. First, will Lewis make it official before he's indicted? The second, when will Gary Miller and Ken Calvert vacate their offices on the Hill as well?