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Rep. Jefferson's Re-Election Bid Has Party Fuming

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Rep. Jefferson's Re-Election Bid Has Party Fuming

Rep. Jefferson's Re-Election Bid Has Party Fuming

Rep. Jefferson's Re-Election Bid Has Party Fuming

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Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) is ensnared in a bribery investigation in which thousands of dollars were found in his freezer. The FBI apparently has a video of him taking money, and several people have pled guilty in the case.

But Jefferson himself has not been charged with anything — maintaining his innocence, he is running for re-election. His fellow Democrats are embarrassed, and the party in New Orleans has disowned him.