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Who Killed ACORN Probe?

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Posted on June 29 2009 1:20 am

House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-Michigan) told the Washington Times last week that he had killed a planned probe of the taxpayer-subsidized vote-fraud factory ACORN because “the powers that be decided against it.”

He refused to elaborate.

His spokesman Jonathan Godfrey later said that Conyers was referring to himself as “the powers that be.” But unless you believe that “the powers that be” is a novel variation of the editorial “we,” it’s clear that Mr. Conyers wasn’t referring to himself, and that somebody “got” to him.

Should anyone have believed that Conyers really wanted to investigate ACORN? After all, he’s a longtime ACORN ally who until recently resisted calls to probe the controversial group.

In the fall the far-left lawmaker, who is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said that ACORN (which helps bring out the Democratic vote) was “a long-standing and well-regarded organization that fights for the poor and working class.” ACORN gave Conyers a 100 percent rating on its 2006 legislative scorecard, and last summer he received enthusiastic applause as he addressed the group’s national convention in Detroit and denounced U.S. corporations as “capitalist predators.”

Meanwhile, the congressman’s famously hot-headed wife Monica, a Detroit City Council member, pleaded guilty Friday to felony bribery charges. This past February, Mrs. Conyers became an Internet sensation when she got into a shouting match with the presiding officer of the city council and berated him, making fun of his appearance. In an emotional tirade, Conyers called Ken Cockrel, who is bald, “Shrek,” and suggested that he was treating her unfairly because she was a woman.

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