Friday, May 05, 2006

Report: Van Tried To Lie About His Actions On Civil Rights Museum

Van Hilleary is about to be inducted to the Hall of Fame. The Chronic Foot In Mouth Hall of Fame that is.

You guys won't believe it, well yes you will if you have been reading my blog, but I have caught Van Hilleary in yet another lie!

As you may know, I ran a story yesterday detailing about how Van Hilleary once called funding for a National Civil Rights Museum "wasteful spending."

Well, it appears during his failed run for Governor back in 2002, Van tried to wash that comment from people's minds by acting as though he was a leader in securing funds for Hooks Institute in Memphis.

Well, that would be all fine and dandy--if it were true.

It appears Van did nothing but make this up to try to cover up for his egregious "wasteful spending" comment years before.

According the the Associated Press 10/09/02, "Hilleary said he "was happy to take the lead on and work with (Rep.) Harold Ford" to fund the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis."

Oh really? Not so fast said Congressman Harold Ford, who said Van was "trying to take credit for something he didn't do."

The Commercial Appeal 10/10/02, points out that the only Hilleary did in relationship to the funding for the Hooks museum was to vote for an appropriations bill that passed the House overwhelmingly 393-30. That's it.

But yet he claimed he "led the charge" to secure funds for the historic museum, which is located at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis? Come on Van? No one, not even yourself believes that.

It is clear that Van Hilleary has some serious problems. One being he doesn't understand the importance of civil rights in America today. And two, he doesn't understand that lying is wrong.

Both of them in my book render him unworthy of being our next U.S. Senator.

Comments: Read Van Hilleary's long record of lying here!

121 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!