A little too much Doolittle
By Jamie BateIf you’ve been following national politics recently, this week’s indictment of Republican House majority leader Tom DeLay wasn’t a huge surprise.DeLay, the Republican House majority leader from Texas, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to create a campaign finance scheme by a district attorney in his home state.Our Congressman, John Doolittle, a ranking Republican from Rocklin, defended his leader, calling previous accusations against DeLay and the indictment “baseless attacks.” Other than viewing this through Washington’s typical partisan-shaded glasses, perhaps Doolittle knows something the rest of the country doesn’t know. Oh, wait a second, he does.”A district attorney can indict anyone for anything, and it’s not surprising that this DA has once again misused his powers to trump up charges against a Republican,” Doolittle said in a press release this week.All these sucking-up sounds are leading us to seriously consider something, or rather, someone else: Mike Holmes, the Republican from Auburn who will challenge Doolittle in next June’s primary.In an August interview Holmes told the Sierra Sun’s sister paper in Grass Valley, The Union, something that we agree with.”I feel [Doolittle] is pretty much an ideologue who follows the party line and doesn’t see himself deviating from that…”Bingo.Holmes, currently the vice mayor of Auburn, will be visiting the Sierra Sun soon to introduce himself. After watching Doolittle crawl unabashedly up the national Republican party food chain for about 14 years now, we look forward to meeting someone new.Meanwhile, thanks Mr. Doolittle for your comments on DeLay’s situation. They cut incisively through all the needless legal proceedings and exonerate your leader. I’m sure the Republican leadership will take note and distribute the tithing accordingly come next election – you just may need it.Jamie Bate is editor of the Sierra Sun. Contact him at email@example.com
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