Robin Hayes One of America's Top 10 Representatives!

Really!

We've just updated The DeLay Rankings with the most recent FEC information. Check it out and see how close your representative in Congress is to indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Then come back here and let us know what you think by posting on the blog. Those of you in Alabama and Colorado should have plenty to say!

Here's the top 10 to whet your appetite...now go find your Rep.

1. Bob Beauprez (CO-7)
1. Mike Rogers (AL-3)
1. Jim Ryun (KS-2)
4. Robin Hayes (NC-8)
5. Robert Alderholt (AL-4)
5. Henry Bonilla (TX-23)
7. Tom Tancredo (CO-6)
8. Jon Porter (NV-3)
8. Mark Green (WI-8)
10. Jim Gerlach (PA-6)

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Tim Dunn Knows Iraq Inside and Out

The Charlotte Observer (free registration required) profiled Tim Dunn, "an Iraq war veteran and lawyer who helped mount a case against Saddam Hussein," who will challenge 8th District incumbent Congressman Robin Hayes in 2006. Here's Dunn on Iraq:

A lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, Dunn spent eight months in Iraq in 2004. He advised a special tribunal prosecuting the former Iraqi leader and officials of his government.

Keeping the Corruption Alive

A story in yesterday's Washington Post takes us behind the scenes of a lobbyist effort to skew the democratic process. Those familiar with North Carolina's 8th District Congressman Robin Hayes won't be surprised to hear that—once again—he buckled under pressure and sold his constituents up the river.

WASHINGTON — Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his team were beginning to panic.

An anti-gambling bill had cleared the Senate and appeared on its way to passage by an overwhelming margin in the House of Representatives. If that happened, Abramoff's client, a company that wanted to sell state lottery tickets online, would be out of business.

North Carolina's Own Tom Delay: Robin Hayes

The Charlotte Observer (free subscription required) reminds us this week that North Carolina's 8th District Congressman Robin Hayes is bought and paid for.

Running for governor in 1996, Hayes trailed Democrat Jim Hunt in the polls and in dollars. So he visited his friend John Georgius, then-vice chairman of First Union Corp., now Wachovia. A few months later, Hayes recalled asking him for "a pretty heavy-duty" contribution to the Republican National Committee. Georgius complied.The bank gave the RNC $99,000. The same day, a Concord company gave $12,000 at the request of Hayes' campaign.

The Big Guns are Not Aligned

George F. Will:

Senators beginning what ought to be a protracted and exacting scrutiny of Harriet Miers should be guided by three rules. First, it is not important that she be confirmed. Second, it might be very important that she not be.

Third, the presumption -- perhaps rebuttable but certainly in need of rebutting -- should be that her nomination is not a defensible exercise of presidential discretion to which senatorial deference is due.

It is not important that she be confirmed because there is no evidence that she is among the leading lights of American jurisprudence, or that she possesses talents commensurate with the Supreme Court's tasks. The president's "argument" for her amounts to: Trust me. There is no reason to, for several reasons.

Meet Robin Hayes

Robin Hayes is delegate to the United States Congress from North Carolina's 8th district (composed of Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Montgomery, Stanley, Anson, and parts of Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Union, and Cumberland counties) (PDF map). Congressman Hayes is serving his 4th term in the US House and hopefully, for his constituents' sakes, will be serving no more as of 2007.

In 2001, Hayes screwed his constituents by voting for legislation that would remove the ability to negotiate trade deals from Congress and put it in the hands of president Bush—legislation that threatened to exacerbate the unemployment and poverty in his district, and legislation that he promised to vote against before he let himself be bullied into changing his mind:

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