Thursday, August 04, 2005

Perception is reality

Anyone wondering why Louisiana just can't shake its reputation for corruption need look no further than yesterday's federal raid of U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's homes, offices and car. It's highly unusual for the feds to subpoena a congressman, search his property and leave with boxes of material for investigation. Even if Rep. Jefferson is never charged with any wrongdoing, it just doesn't look good for a sitting member of Congress to be at the center of something like that.