I have been trying to write this post for 4 days now in the wake of the Congressional hearings on steroids in regards to Roger Clemens. Yet every time I started writing the post was too long and had no continuity. Hopefully this post gets the job done.
One of my objectives in this blog is to expose hypocrisy and bad people in politics. Last week one of those people stepped into a pile of shit and has been exposed in many media outlets and today here in 17people as well. That person is the awful Congressman from Indiana, Dan Burton.
In the above video, this Congressional piece of garbage goes ballistic on Brian McNamee showed a righteous indignation in defense of Roger Clemens. He rails against 'trials by media' and for the principle of 'innocent until proven guilty'.
Dan Burton of all people should NEVER scold anyone for 'trials by media' or for holding to the 'innocent until proven guilty' principle. It was Dan Burton who spent over $7million in pursuing the fundraising of Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party. A spectacle that yielded no indictments or criminal charges.
Burton accomplished one thing convicting Clinton and the Democrats solely in the media. What this investigation first showed the nation was what many in Indiana had known for years, Burton was a worthless piece of shit. Burton famously released transcripts of a Clinton official that was asked questions. The problem was that he and his staff doctored the transcripts to make their case. The Burton investigation was an abomination of justice and was led in a way that was personal, unprofessional and incompetent.
While many will say this is a liberal attacking a Republican to settle a score I counter that bogus claim with a quote from Newt Gingrich, by no means a fan of Clinton . Gingrich was so upset he said to Burton, "I'm embarrassed for you. I'm embarrassed for myself, and I'm embarrassed for the conference at the circus that went on at your committee."
I guess when Burton said in the clip above, 'in this country, until a man is proven guilty, he's innocent', that principle applies when it benefits Dan Burton. Roger Clemens I guess is worthy of the principle but President Clinton wasn't.
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While the hypocrisy of Burton when it comes to investigations makes me angry, what makes me physically ill is looking into the past of this guys hypocrisy when it comes to his personal life. This is a guy who has run for office on being a family man and a 'born again Christian'. In both these cases Burton fails miserably. Dan Burton is what he famously was called during the Clinton investigation, a 'scumbag'.
Most notably is the fact that Burton is a womanizer and utter sleeze bag with women. For 15 years Burton hid the fact that he fathered a child out of wedlock in 1983. Only revealing this when it was about to be exposed in the media.
When in the Indiana State legislator in the 70's and 80's the Indianapolis Star said "Dan Burton was known as the biggest skirt-chaser in the Indiana legislature." This wouldn't be as bad had Burton not run office for years as a 'family man'.
Burton's 'predator like' tendencies and stories of disgusting and sleazy behavior didn't end when he came to Washington. In the early 90's he was accused of assaulting a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood. As she tried to exit, "he grabbed my arm and pulled me back. I thought that he was just angry (about our discussion). I was there maybe 30 seconds, and he had his hands up my skirt so fast I didn't even know what was coming."
Burton also has kept two women on his Campaign staff payroll for years despite not having a campaign for years. One of them, a former model, ran the Burton campaign, out of her house. The house by the way, had its rent paid for by the Burton campaign.
There are many member of Congress who are not the greatest people. Dan Burton on the other hand, is an awful person, a worse Congressman, and above all the last man in Congress you would want any woman you know in the same room with. He is the classic example of why people hate and distrust Congress.
For more information on Burton and the multiple scandals that surround him check out the following links. In particular look at the 'Bolivia' quote on the wikipedia link.