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BuzzChatter Friday: Missouri Democrat faces charges that he stole $3,000 in campaign funds

11/08/2013 4:00 AM

11/07/2013 6:21 PM

Those politicos keep talking. We keep writing:

• “He’s considering all of his options right now.” — Paul D’Agrosa, the attorney for Missouri state Rep. Steve Webb, a St. Louis-area Democrat, who faces charges that he stole $3,000 in campaign funds.

D’Agrosa reportedly indicted that he was going to resign Thursday, but then had a change of heart. Democrats are pressing for him to go, and there’s no question that that’s where this is headed.

• “The time has come for Congress to pass a federal law that ensures all citizens, regardless of where they live, can go to work not afraid of who they are.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on landmark legislation the Senate passed Thursday extending workplace protections to the LGBT community.

Now the question is, what will the Republican-led House do? Talk about putting House Speaker John Boehner in a pickle with his very conservative caucus. And don’t think for a second that that wasn’t a chief motivation for Democratic senators Thursday.

• “His policy set in New Jersey is ‘Bush-Romney.’ By comparison to the tea party, he seems moderate, but he’s not.” — Democratic strategist Steve Murphy on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Democrats wasted no time chipping away at Christie one day after his big re-election win this week. A consensus emerged that Christie is the strongest potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate out there. Democrats wants to make sure that Christie doesn’t develop a head of steam.

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“To deny the president his choice for this post, a veteran and moderate lawmaker with sterling credentials and moral character, via filibuster, is nothing short of outrageous.” — respected congressional scholar Norm Ornstein writing in the National Journal about Republicans blocking former Democratic Congressman Mel Watt from heading the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Ornstein writes that if the “filibuster madness” continues that he would support Democratic leaders in a bid to change long-standing Senate rules. That, my friends, would open up a whole new can of partisan worms on Capitol Hill.

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