Thursday, May 11, 2006

CA-41 Lewis, Lowery, Wilkes - Coming Home to Roost

We predicted that this would happen months ago (OK, we also predicted that UCLA would win the National Championship and that Busby would win the CA-50 special election). The Los Angeles Times says that one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress, Representative Jerry Lewis (CA-41) is under investigation.

The government is looking into the connection between Lewis and his longtime friend Bill Lowery, the sources said. Lowery, a lobbyist, is a former congressman from San Diego.

As chairman of the Appropriations panel, Lewis has earmarked hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts for many of Lowery's clients, one of the sources said.Lewis said he knew Lowery well, having spent 12 years in Congress with him, but denied favoring earmarks for Lowery's clients. […]
The Lewis investigation is in the early stages and has not been presented to a grand jury, the sources said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were either involved in the probe or were not authorized to speak about
ongoing investigations.

It’s good to see the Times get into the action here, but the Pulitzer Prize winning San Diego Union Tribune did the heavy lifting on this story back in December.