BTW: Dollar Bill’s assets have been frozen by the feds. That’s what can happen when you fill your freezer full of cold, hard cash. Ha.

Now that Jefferson stands indicted on some of the most serious charges filed against a sitting lawmaker, members of the Black Caucus are faced with the dilemma of offering their continued support or quietly looking for an out.

The simmering divisions were evident in the results of a vote Tuesday night, calling on the House ethics committee to investigate Jefferson and report back on whether he should be expelled from the House. Eighteen caucus members supported it, 13 opposed and three voted present. The resolution passed overwhelmingly, 373-26.

Some observers saw a generational divide in the results, with younger Black Caucus members backing an ethics investigation and older members urging caution. More senior members have memories stretching back to spurious investigations of African-American civil rights leaders.

Caucus members voting to investigate Dollar Bill include:

Democratic Reps. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, Charles B. Rangel of New York, Gregory W. Meeks of New York, Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, John Lewis of Georgia and Mel Watt of North Carolina.

Congratulations to those with the sense God gave them. As for the rest:

Among those voting against the Republican resolution were some of Jefferson’s longtime backers, including [James] Clyburn, Democratic Reps. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan, as well as some newcomers, such as freshman Democratic Reps. Yvette D. Clarke of New York and Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

Putting aside the black eye this gives Black America — for his own dignity, Jefferson should resign. Unless he is expelled from Congress via procedural process or pushed out by the Dems, expect his current plan to remain in Congress until his day in court on Jan 18, 2008 to become an embarrassment for Dems during the presidential primaries.

h/t Politico Crypt

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