Elijah told us no politician of this world can save you. We see in Kevin Powell the next generation of politicos, along with Ras Baraka on the Newark City Council. We hope and pray they can maintain some semblance of radical consciousness, though the essential theme of the politician is let's make a deal! Sometimes that deal puts us in a hole from which we cannot resurface.
1982: While campaigning for his first term, Towns was caught on videotape accepting a $1,300 cash bribe from 3 undercover officers with the NYC Department of Investigation. Prior to being indicted, he was tipped off that the construction executives from whom he took the money were actually cops and he returned the money:
1997: Towns endorses Rudy Giuliani for Mayor despite Giuliani’s antagonistic relationship with the vast majority of the residents of his congressional district.
2005: Towns casts the deciding vote in support of George W. Bush’s CAFTA policy, after flip-flopping on the issue considerably.
2006: In the pocket of Big Pharmaceuticals: Billy Tauzin, president of that group, a lobbying organization for brand-name drug companies, recently urged Representative Edolphus Towns, Democrat of New York, to seek a position as chairman of a powerful House subcommittee, said Karen Johnson, a spokeswoman for Mr. Towns. The subcommittee has authority over Medicare and the Food and Drug Administration.
2009: In the midst of the foreclosure crisis and the economic meltdown, instead of using his power as a congressman to help his constituents get jobs and get their homes, Towns instead used his power to award himself to VIP mortgages with Countrywide. He then refused initially to issue a subpoena to investigate Countrywide’s records as to protect himself.
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2010: Towns recently voted along with 180 Republicans against the most recent jobs bill. Here we are in this crisis, and he’s voting AGAINST JOBS. While it was not a perfect bill, it did have a provision in it to create business for minority contractors.
2010: Towns confides in a staffer that he may not run here in 2010. Whether he just doesn’t have the energy or he’s seeing the heat on Rangel, it doesn’t appear Towns has the interest to represent the people any longer.