June 6, 2007
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Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile
Urges Indicted Congressman William Jefferson to Resign

On NPR News & Notes Today, Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Transcribed Excerpts Below; Audio Available at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10783901


June 6, 2007; Washington, DC - In an interview with NPR host Farai Chideya, airing today on News & Notes, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile urges indicted Congressman William Jefferson to resign. She says ďI personally hope that he would do whatís best for his family and his constituents and put his legal case before everything else and allow someone else to step up and represent that district.Ē

Transcribed excerpts of the interview are below. All excerpts must be credited to NPR News & Notes. Local stationís air time of the program is available at www.npr.org/stations.

On the importance of good representation for Louisianaís second congressional district:

ďIf thereís one congressional district in America that needs a full-time lawmaker focused and committed to the recovery of the Gulf Coast, itís the second congressional district of Louisiana. And on that note, I personally would hope that he would do whatís best for his family and his constituents and put his legal case before everything else and allow someone else to step up and represent that district.

I think he has every right to go to court and I personally, like many other people, will help Bill Jefferson raise money to clear his name if thatís possible. But this is about integrity. And heís a member of Congress, heís been indicted now on 16 counts; I have not the full 94-page report. But Iím also pleading because of the residents of that great wonderful city that needs his leadership, needs his attention. And right now he can not give them his full Ö..Iím not playing this as a political game, Iím playing this personally because my own family and many other families in the Gulf Coast deserve good, you know, good leadership.Ē

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