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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Mama Told Me Not To Come...

Lawmaker Chided For Going To Frat Party
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Rep. John Sweeney's attendance at a beer-drinking, college fraternity party has drawn criticism from Democrats who accused the New York lawmaker of using poor judgment.

"What is a 50-year-old congressman doing at a frat party at 1 in the morning cavorting with students 30 years his junior? Teaching them how a bill becomes a law?" Blake Zeff, a spokesman for New York Democrats, said Friday.

Sweeney stopped by the Alpha Delta Phi party at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., late last Friday, a visit first reported by the college newspaper, the Concordiensis. The paper also printed a photo of the lawmaker posing with students. Local newspapers in the region posted similar photos online.

Sweeney told The Associated Press Friday he wasn't drunk, and brushed off the criticism as silly.

"If I'd known going to a frat house would get me that much attention I would have done it earlier," he joked, adding that he went to another area college Friday to accept an award.
Now, I'm not going to get into whether Representative Sweeney should or should not have gone to the frat party. However, I will say that I think it's the height of hypocrisy and lack of self-awareness for the Democrats - the party of Ted "Chappaquiddick" Kennedy, alleged (cough, cough) womanizer, cheater, druken driver, sexual assaulter of waitresses, and party boy (just ask his nephew, William Kennedy Smith) - to criticize Rep. Sweeney for anything much less attending a frat party.

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