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Enough of Doolittle

Can John Doolittle win re-election in his safe Republican district despite growing evidence of influence peddling and favors for special interests? Probably so, but it’s a shame, and an embarrassment to many (hopefully most) of his constituents.

He interceded on behalf of an Indian tribe in Iowa with casino interests, which was represented by Jack Abramoff, even though his previous position was anti-gambling. Yet he sees no hypocrisy in this.

His wife worked directly for Abramoff and later as a consultant for him. Yet John Doolittle sees nothing wrong in this.

His former staffer, Kevin Ring, was hired by Abramoff and he later invoked the Fifth Amendment in refusing to answer questions at a Senate hearing.

He earmarked $37 million in defense funds to a southern California company whose directors later raised $85,000 for him. Budget earmarks have been called “the currency of corruption” by more honorable members of Congress.

But probably worst of all is John Doolittle’s arrogance. He makes no apologies for even the appearance of wrongdoing. He says he will not return the contributions as others have done. And he says that those in Congress who call for ethics reform are grandstanding. Haven’t we had enough?

William Steele

Nevada City

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