All over the news last night was the story about how 4 young men of the Republican persuasion were caught red-handed, as it were, trying to pull a prank in Democratic Senator from Louisiana Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office. A prank that, as it turns out, is a felony because they were posing as people they weren’t trying to do something that they wanted to keep a secret. They were in a federal building, a federal office, under false pretenses. A felony
Two of them, you see, were dressed as telephone repairmen, one was sitting in the getaway car down the block, and a fourth was capturing the moment on his cell phone’s video. That fourth person, James O’Keefe III was the same James O’Keefe who posed as a pimp last year in his attempt to set up some community workers in an ACORN office.
Back then, O’Keefe secretly videoed two women trying to help him and the girl who posed as his prostitute, and posted the heavily edited video on You Tube.
This instantly vaulted the young man and woman to national and international fame. They became the darlings of conservative news media.
A House Resolution, HR 809 was filed to commend the couple’s heroic action to bring down a national organization whose soul purpose was to render aid.
HR 809 reads like this: “Honoring the fact-finding reporting done by Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe III in their investigation in the fraudulent and illegal practices and misuse of taxpayer dollars by the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN).” And then the resolution goes on to list all of the accomplishments of Hannah Giles (the pseudoprostitute) and O’Keefe. Stuff I just don’t want to quote because the whole thing is utterly laughable. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where it still languishes.
And now here comes the best part. The freshman congressman who filed the resolution is none other than my congressman, Pete Olson.
And the resolution has 31 co-sponsors, Republicans all.
You would think that there would be a causal connection between Pete Olson and the ACORN affair, and in that you would not be wrong. As it turns out, O’Keefe’s co-conspirator, Hannah Giles, is the granddaughter of Texas SREC committeewoman Terese Raia. And Terese Raia lives in Congressman Olson’s district, CD-22. Even better, Raia got her granddaughter to speak at the local Republican women’s club late last year, as reported by FortBendNow.
So Pete Olson has officially made it into the history books by offering a resolution commending the actions of a felon-to-be doing exactly the same thing he did in the ACORN office.
Doing exactly the same thing that he and Terese Raia’s granddaughter are being commended for in HR 809.
It really doesn’t get much sweeter than this.
Oh wait, yes it does.
Everyone in his district who reads this needs to send an email to Pete Olson’s congressional email address urging him to get HR 809 out of committee and onto the House floor for a vote.
He is, after all, still praising the actions of O’Keefe, according to The Hill: “Individuals who lawfully expose wrongful activities by an entity like ACORN receiving federal tax dollars should be praised.” So really, if he still feels this way he should do his darnedest to get that House Resolution to the floor while the iron is still hot.
And about that hole he has dug for himself? Keep digging Pete.