A Florida con man named Thomas Jefferson Johnson uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district, Jeff Johnson (who died of a seizure while having sex with his secretary), to get elected to Congress, where the money flows from lobbyists. Shortening his middle name and calling himself "Jeff" Johnson, he receives the endorsement of a political party comprised mostly of senior citizens called the "Silver Foxes."
Once on the election ballot, he uses the dead Congressman's old campaign material and runs a low budget campaign that appeals to name recognition, figuring most people do not pay much attention and simply vote for the "name you know." He wins a slim victory and is off to Washington, a place where the "streets are lined with gold."
Initially, the lucrative donations and campaign contributions roll in, but as he learns the nature of the con game in Washington D.C., he starts to see how the greed and corruption makes it difficult to address issues such as campaign finance reform, environmental protection and the possibility that electric power companies may have a product that is giving kids in a small town cancer.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Myers Campaign Likens Carson To The Distinguished Gentleman
Responding to a report in today's Star on U.S. Rep. Andre Carson's latest FEC filings showing his contributions are "garnered entirely from individual lobbyist contributors and PACs" and taking a look at his latest dance card in Washington, a campaign aide for Dr. Woody Myers' campaign, Joh Padgett, likens Carson to the character Eddie Murphy played in the movie, "The Distinguished Gentleman." If you haven't seen the movie, this synopsis from Wikipedia might help:
"Life truly imitates art, as usual," Padgett writes in expressing his disgust at the degree to which Carson is turning to the DC lobbyists and special interests to finance his campaign. "Credibility is being strained when Andre launches a TV ad in which he decries how lobbyists and special interests have too much power in DC, then turns right around and schedules events to take campaign contributions from those same lobbyists," Padgett write. "Anybody with 1/10th of a brain know how beholden to these firms our politicians have become, and Andre being a freshman Congressman is doubly so."