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    A Rare Case of Republicans Doing the Right Thing

    By and large, whether it is the Abramoff scandal, coingate scandal, the sexual predator scandal (Foley), Swiftboat lies or any of a whole litany of Republican scandals, the Republican reaction to corruption in their midst is to lie, blame Democrats, cover it up, or, when all else fails, bring up Clinton's blow job. By contrast, many Democrats have criticized the corruption of Conrgessman William Jefferson, Alan Mollohan and called for the censure of Bill Clinton for lying to Congress. But Republicans defended and often STILL defend the likes of Jack Abramoff (now in jail), Ken Lay (convicted), Tom DeLay (indicted), Randy Cunningham (in jail), Bob Ney (pled guilty), etc. etc. etc. This permissiveness within the Republican Party for corruption has led to such a massive growth in Republican corruption that it is almost unbelievable. And the Republicans STILL try to claim to be the moral party.

    But, occasionally...VERY occasionally, a Republican, when faced with corruption in the ranks of the Republican party, does the right thing. That is what is happening in Orange County, California, where a Republican Congressional candidate appears to have sent out an intimidating letter with misinformation about voting rights to Hispanic voters. In an almost unprecedented move for Republicans, California Republicans are denouncing that Republican Candidate.

    From Salon.com

    GOP Calls for Withdrawal of Candidate

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    By PETER PRENGAMAN Associated Press Writer

    October 19,2006 | GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Orange County Republican leaders on Thursday called for the withdrawal of a GOP congressional candidate they believe sent a letter threatening Hispanic immigrant voters with arrest.

    Tan D. Nguyen denied knowing anything about the letter in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press but said he fired a campaign staffer who may have been responsible for it.

    County Republican Chairman Scott Baugh, however, said that after speaking with state investigators and the company that distributed the mailer, he believes Nguyen had direct knowledge of "obnoxious and reprehensible" letter. He told the AP that the party's executive committee voted unanimously to urge Nguyen to drop out of the race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez.


    Of course Loretta Sanchez, who entered Conrgess when she defeated the ultra-right wing idiot Bob "B-2" Dornan, was going to trounce Nguyen soundly, so the Republicans have nothing to lose by repudiating his nasty tactics, but it is still a far cry from the lies and cover ups we have seen from the likes of Reynolds and Hastert regarding Abramoff corruption, Foley's solicitation of sex with minors and a whole slew of other nasty, disgusting Republican scandals.

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