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Doolittle Compares Himself to Duke LAX

by: Julia Rosen

Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 13:33:49 PM PDT


(I added (and fixed!) the audio to the post. Oh, and how about voting for Charlie or just buying a ticket for the Blue House @ The Brew House event. Sorry, dday - promoted by Brian Leubitz)

You have got to be kidding me with this.  Doolittle tried to fend off some serious media heat by having a press conference today.  The ending is a real pearler.

I have been an effective representative for the region and shall continue to be one despite this situation. Finally I will just say that if there is anything we should have learned from the Duke lacrosse case, it is that the destruction of the reputations of innocent people can occur when the government, the press and the public jump to unfounded conclusions. I ask everyone to withhold judgment until the all facts are known and the truth can prevail.

You can hear him read his prepared statement on the SacBee's site.  Har har har, new meaning to the phrase "Doolittle raiders".  The FBI searching the house of a sitting Congressman is so hilarious. 

If you listen to the whole thing he asks for questions unrelated to the FBI raid, but obviously the reporters do not stick to that.  He claims that stepping down from Approps was his idea and was not forced upon him by Boehner. 

[UPDATE] -by juls Salladay has the Q and A transcript up.  Needless to say, Doolittle is not resigning (yet).

Julia Rosen :: Doolittle Compares Himself to Duke LAX
Well ladies and gentlemen, this should be an interesting phone call. As one of my staff members said, this should give new meaning to the phrase "Doolittle's raiders."

I'm going to open with this statement about this subject of greatest interest. And I think you can understand this is just going to have to understand that this is going to have to suffice for now since this has been checked by our attorneys. But it expresses my thoughts. And I assure you there will be more interesting things to come in the future.

I know you have questions about this week's events, and I understand and appreciate your interest in asking them. However I have been advised by my attorney not to make any further public statements other than those that I have already released and the one I shall now make.

First I would like you to know I have no intention of resigning from Congress and I have every intention of running for reelection again. Over past last two days the support I have received from colleagues in the House and elected officials from my district has been overwhelming. I am honored to serve with such fine people whose faith in me has not wavered. Julie and I also appreciate the outpouring of love and support from our friends and supporters.

As difficult as this week has been, I do I do believe that the events that have transpired will bring more immediate closure do to this situation, which is a good thing. Our family and my constituents have been dealing with this situation for more than three years now and I think we all deserve a resolution to it soon. Julie has complied with every request that has ever been made of her. And while I do not think the search of our home was necessary, I do believe that it will demonstrate that she has been completely forthcoming and has had real clients with real work.

As I stated yesterday I felt my temporarily stepping down from the Appropriations Committee was appropriate under these circumstances. I approached Minority Leader Boehner about my decision and he agreed that it was a good idea. The notion that I was forced to make this decision is a misstatement. I have every intention of serving again as a member of the appropriations committee and hopefully I will be able to resume those duties soon.

Despite my temporary absences form the appropriations committee, I will continue to perform my duties as the representative of the Fourth District to the best of my abilities. I will continue to return to my district to meet with my constituents and fulfill my commitment I made to them to be more accessible and responsive. I will work hard to make sure important projects in my district are funded this year, and that transportation, water projects and flood control efforts that are so critical to the region are completed.

I have been an effective representative for the region and shall continue to be one despite this situation. Finally I will just say that if there is anything we should have learned from the Duke lacrosse case, it is that the destruction of the reputations of innocent people can occur when the government, the press and the public jump to unfounded conclusions. I ask everyone to withhold judgment until the all facts are known and the truth can prevail.

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all right, let's fight (5.00 / 1)
We've got the same post up.

I'll Ro-Sham-Bo you for it.


Brian (0.00 / 0)
put the audio up on mine. :P

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Sorry dday (0.00 / 0)
I didn't see your post!

I think?

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Send a letter to Doolittle TODAY... (0.00 / 0)
Link to Auburn Journal article of Doolittle asking you to pay for his defense (local CA-04 newspaper)

Send a letter telling John Doolittle the same thing he told us here in CA-04 last year...

Big BOLD words...

"You need help? HIRE A LOBBYIST!"

Mailing Address
4120 Douglas Blvd.
#306-283
Granite Bay, CA 95746

Campaign Office
4196 Douglas Blvd.
Suite 300
Granite Bay, CA 95746
916-772-5332 (phone)
916-200-0328 (fax)

Email
contact@johndoolittle.com


geez, you're quick (0.00 / 0)
Just wanted to cross post my story from Turn Tahoe Blue when I saw that you already had it on the front page. To give it as much publicity as possible I've cross posted it at Daily Kos, MyDD, Booman Tribune, Blue Sunbelt and Swing State Project.

let me post this before it vanishes (0.00 / 0)
This statement, by the way, is the standard Republican template of scandal denial, handed out via Republican National Committee fax to any corrupt Congressman who requests it.  There's a blank line for your name (Cunningham, Ney, Doolittle, Renzi) and your state, and the martyr du jour that you can compare your situation to (Duke lacrosse case, Anna Nicole's baby daddy, Joan of Arc Sanjaya Malakar, Richard Gere kissing an Indian woman, Jesus Christ).

It comes in very handy.


I kinda hope he does run again in 2008 (0.00 / 0)
He's damaged goods at this point.  He's in the minority, and he's got a cloud of his head. Who's going to give his big bucks now?

The DCCC will invest in this race this time, as will individual donors for Charlie.  Doolittle can go one of two ways, leave voluntarily or let the voters do it for him.

Of course, a primary challenge isn't out of the realm of possibility.  Doolittle was challenged by former Auburn Mayor Mike Holmes last year, and Holmes or somebody else bitter over the fact that Doolittle is a jerk might try to get him in the primaries.  There's blood in the water...

I think?


Agreed (0.00 / 0)
Charlie has a smoother path with Doolittle as his opponent.  There is a decent chance of Republicans splitting the vote in a special, given the number of people rumored to be in the running.

Interestingly, the Republicans are talking as if a special is all but assured at this point.


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they're talking that way (0.00 / 0)
because of what you said: their chances are better with Doolittle out of the way.  They're trying to put an air of inevitability around it and force Doolittle to resign.

The question in a special would be "can Brown get to 50%," otherwise there'll be a runoff.  Busby won the first round in the Cunningham special resoundingly because the Repubs split the vote.  Her numbers didn't move and Bilbray took the runoff.


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