CNBC Reports on Pete Sessions’ Affection for Indicted Financier Allen Stanford
CNBC will air a report on indicted Ponzi scheme banker Allen Stanford. The coverage will detail NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions’ expressed affection for Stanford. More information about the CNBC report is available here .
Disgraced Ponzi scheme profiteer Allen Stanford was Pete Sessions' favorite contributor. Federal Agents have charged Stanford with fleecing more than $7 billion dollars from his investors, robbing many of their life savings.
When Sessions', who has received more than $44,000 in contributions from Stanford and his staff, learned about the crimes, he quickly wrote an email to Stanford saying in part, "I love you and believe in you." (Source: Miami Herald, December 27, 2009)
Regardless of one’s political views, Pete Sessions’ failure as Republican House campaign leader is undeniable. From the beginning, Sessions has combined embarrassing incompetence with old fashioned corruption. CNBC’s report tonight simply amplifies what too often local media have glossed over.
Pete Sessions' long list of failures It is certainly understandable if House Republicans ignore or even remove Pete Sessions as their campaign leader. Typically, House Party Committee Chairs are:
1) members with good judgment who avoid personal and political scandal and set a good example for colleagues.
2) competent spokespersons who can be trusted to deliver political messages that assist their colleagues and advance the goals of their party.
3) successful fundraisers who bring new financial resources to their party committees and rally "safe" members of their own party to contribute their own excess funds to assist challengers and threatened incumbents
Pete Sessions fails miserably on all three counts. CNBC highlights just one of the many foolish and embarrassing episodes in Pete Sessions' corrupt, odd-ball career.
Arrogant and Unethical
Sessions’ actions are even worse than his words, displaying an arrogant sense of entitlement and an unethical “for sale” attitude.
Fundraisers at adult night clubs – Even after being criticized for holding a fundraiser at a Las Vegas burlesque club last year, he returned to Vegas last February to hold a fundraiser at “a racy venue in Las Vegas whose Web site features come-hither looking women scantily clad in lingerie slithering all over each other.” (Source: The Washington Post, May 4, 2009 )
Embarrassing and Incompetent Spokesperson
Time and again, Pete Sessions has offered up careless, inarticulate and mean-spirited comments forcing other Republicans to clean up his mess.
Citing Taliban as GOP model – Sessions told the Capitol Hill publication the Hotline: "Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban...And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person's entire processes… And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with." (Source: Hotline, February 5, 2009 )
Claimed Obama “planned” stock market losses – Sessions told The New York Times that President Obama "intended to ‘diminish employment and diminish stock prices’ as part of a 'divide and conquer' strategy to consolidate power.” (Source: The New York Times, May 10, 2009 )
Pete Sessions has utterly failed as the lead fundraiser for US House Republicans. Even as the national environment has improved for the GOP, Sessions has been unable to keep pace with fundraising. According to recent headlines:
"The DCCC outraised the NRCC this year by more than $18 million, according to FEC figures at the end of November. The NRCC has only $4.3 million left in its campaign account - with more than $2 million in debt - leaving it with just a pittance to fund the dozens of races it hopes to aggressively contest." ( Source: The Politico, January 3, 2010 )
Less than half of the GOP Members of Congress have contributed to the NRCC recently. According to a Politico report, "In the past three months, "only 75 of 177 Republicans — most of whom represent safe districts — transferred money into the committee, netting it $2.1 million...During that same time period, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has netted nearly $4 million from 90 of its members." ( Source: The Politico, January 3, 2010 )