Promoted from diaries - Moe Lane.
Very rarely do I get to actually talk about my own hometown in a discussion on national politics. Very rarely are the goings on of Douglasville significant enough to merit a mention beyond the local papers.
However, that rant by Representative David Scott was one of the exceptions to the rule. As someone who spends a good portion of his year in that district, I can tell you that his little tantrum wasn't the only time that Scott has behaved in ways unbecoming of one granted the public trust that comes with being a Congressman. There's a similar incident where someone showed up at his house to discuss the healthcare issue with him:
He's also been known to disrespect his opponents as well. For the last two elections, his opponent has been Dr. Deborah Honeycutt. Reportedly, Scott called her a b*tch sometime during the 2008 election campaign. Unsurprisingly, this event was hardly covered. One of the few mentions I can find of it comes from a post over at Peach Pundit:
“This is disrespectful and very unfortunate to hear this about a U.S. Congressman,” said the RNC’s Outreach Communications Press Secretary Darrell Jordan. “It’s also extremely disappointing to hear an African-American man use this term in reference to another African-American woman. When I heard this report, I decided to call the witness who heard Rep. Scott utter the phrase (for my own confirmation). On Monday, Maynard Eaton, a writer for the Atlanta Voice newspaper, confirmed to me that he did, in fact, hear Rep. Scott refer to Dr. Honeycutt as a bitch.”
Jason Pye even has a picture of Honeycutt's husband picketing Scott's residence in protest of the event.
From the very same Peach Pundit Article, we also find out that he may have been less than respectful to his primary opponent Donzella James as well:
Still Donzella James maintained her criticisms against the Georgia Congressman who defeated her twice in the Democratic primary.
“[David Scott] has been disrespectful to me and other women in my presence,” James said. “Even in mixed company, he often makes vulgar references that are less than gentlemanly.
And then there's also the little matter of him showing up on Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's list of Most Corrupt Congressmen back in 2007:
Rep. David Scott, an Atlanta Democrat, today was named one the 25 most “corrupt members of Congress” by a ethical watchdog group that cited, among other charges, Scott’s failure to pay taxes on time and the mingling of his personal business interests and his campaign finances.
Citing news reports and Scott’s campaign-finance records, CREW said Scott’s family advertising business, Dayn-Mark, failed to pay $154,000 in payroll taxes on time and $4,600 in local and state taxes since 1998. Scott also was late in paying $23,200 in property taxes on his home.
CREW questioned campaign payments to members of Scott’s family that the FEC records indicate were reimbursements for office supplies and other items. The group also cited a former Scott aide’s claim that Scott used House office staff for campaign work.
And, in a more recent development, he has banned personal video cameras from Town Hall meetings:
Oh, and need I mention his rather large house in Inman Park that's located conveniently outside of the district? Interestingly, he's had a little trouble paying his taxes, as the Politico reports from back in 2007:
Other liens show that since 2003, David and Alfredia Scott have failed to pay $23,200 in taxes on their home, a 5,000-square-foot stone house in the historic Inman Park neighborhood -- which is also outside his congressional district.
This is the person that represents my family in Congress. It never fails to amaze me the kinds of idiots we send up there to Washington, DC.
I can't help but think of a quote from that AJC article I mentioned that named him to that list of the most corrupt congressmen:
“It has become abundantly clear that many public officials believe that the rules don’t apply to them,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement.
I can only hope that we can get someone to oust him this election year, and maybe, those hopes won't be in vain.