The Democratic Party is rife with scandal from the highest echelons of government, down to the small corridors of town halls and is struggling to fight off accusations of abuse of power and influence, according to The Washington Times
Though President Barack Obama has tried to play down the controversies surrounding his presidency, calling them "phony scandals" and "an endless parade of distractions," critics say the party has not only failed to live up to its pledges to clean up politics, but is hypocritical in that it once assailed the GOP for similar controversies.
"You're always going to have unscrupulous individuals elected to Congress who do unethical things. Republicans had Mark Sanford — Democrats have Anthony Weiner," Republican political consultant Dick Wadhams told the Times.
"Phony or not, the administration in recent months has had to deal with the IRS-tea party scandal; the questions surrounding the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi; clashes with the press over aggressive leak investigations and the seizing of press phone records; and the fallout from the leaking of widespread government surveillance and intelligence-gathering programs," said Wadhams.
"What we're seeing from the Obama administration is this raw abuse of power that we haven't seen since Watergate," he added. "I think that's what sets this apart."
Add to that list a number of other Democrat scandals across the country: the mayor of San Diego Bob Filner has been accused of sexual harassment; former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Illinois was sent to prison for using campaign funds for personal use; a number of legislators in Detroit have been involved in corruption and bribery charges; New York Rep. Charles Rangel's ethical violations; and three Democratic council members in the District of Columbia have been involved in corruption and fraud.
And then there is the latest case of New York's Anthony Weiner whose sexually explicit exchanges with women from the Internet continued even after he resigned from Congress for the behavior in 2011.
The Times points out that eight years ago, Nancy Pelosi, then House Democratic minority leader, attacked the Republican Party's "culture of corruption," but with the tables now turned, Pelosi has both refused to comment on particular scandals and tried to play down their importance.
The Times reported that during a May news conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi rejected suggestions that Democrats, led by Obama, are caught in their own culture of corruption.
"They make so much of these issues because this president is such a great president," said Pelosi, adding that "some of them are legitimate issues, but they should not dominate everything."
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