In Tennessee, Corrupt white politician takes-up for corrupt Black politician

By Sinclere Lee

Chattanooga (BNW) —
Long considered the “Head-Nigger-in-Charge” when it comes to Tennessee politics, Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry has been accused of taking money in the FBI undercover sting operation dubbed, Operation Tennessee Waltz.

White politicians for over twenty years have used DeBerry as a tool to control Black politics in Memphis. They taught the Niggers in the state legislature how to run crooked elections in he Black community; they taught the Niggers in the state legislature how to lie to their Black constituency, and they taught the Niggers in the state legislature how to sell out the interest of Blacks in Tennessee.

They taught them Niggers in the state legislature every dirty trick to use on Blacks in the state, but what they didn’t do, was teach them Niggers how to steal money and not get caught. Word on the street has it that when the FBI sting got the Chattanooga, the Black politicians in town were so crooked and broke that the FBI ran out of money and had to start giving them Niggers IOUs.

The bitch, Lois DeBerry, is so in the pocket of the white establishment in the state that the House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh defended his house Nigger, saying she will stay in place even though she took $200 in gambling money from an undercover FBI agent involved in the Operation Tennessee Waltz sting.

Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry also will retain her post as co-chairwoman of the legislature's special committee on ethics. “They have always covered for Lois,” said an insider to state politics who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“If there were an audit done on the “Black Legislative Retreat,” held each year for over the past twenty years, people will find out that DeBerry and the others Black crooks in state government have been stealing from the state for decades,” the source said.

DeBerry told a Memphis newspaper that she took the money from an agent of E-Cycle Management — the shill company the FBI used in its bribery sting — and fed it into nickel slots during a trip to the Grand Casino in Tunica, Miss.

DeBerry is a hope-to-die liar in that she told The Tennessean two weeks ago that she had nothing to do with the sting.

"No, no," DeBerry said in an unpublished July 13 interview. "I mean, cash would have been a red flag anyway. And you learn from other people that have gone through this kind of stuff and you know that anytime somebody offers you cash, that a red flag that should have gone up."

Unlike other legislators accused of taking money from E-Cycle, DeBerry has not been charged with any crime. But federal agents have indicated in court papers that the "Tennessee Waltz" investigation is continuing.

DeBerry was on the run all this week, but Naifeh supported her at a news conference.

"I know in Lois' heart and mind she would not have done anything she thought was illegal, immoral or wrong," said Naifeh, D-Covington.

The crooks on Capitol Hill are sticking together

"There's no question about it, it makes you lose confidence in the whole system," said Shane Reeves, who runs a health-care business in Rutherford County and whose family has been in Tennessee for generations. "She knows it's wrong, the speaker knows it's wrong, the voters know it's wrong. She ought to be embarrassed."

Reeves said he was particularly disturbed by DeBerry's July 13 denial of accepting money, followed by this week's admission.

As an elected official, "you may not be able to change the world, but at the very least you should be honest," he said.

Republicans called for DeBerry to step down as speaker pro tem and as co-chairwoman of the legislative committee appointed in June to craft ethics policies.

"DeBerry accepted cash and gifts during session and never told a soul. She looks like she is trying to cover up her misdeeds," said Jeff Ward, TeamGOP.org's general chairman. "This has nothing to do with partisan politics. This is a greedy politician skirting the law."

DeBerry's casino trip took place in May 2004, she told The Commercial Appeal. Along for the ride was then-Rep. Kathryn Bowers, D-Memphis, and a man called "L.C.," then known to legislators as an executive with E-Cycle.

"L.C." is most likely a reference to an FBI agent using the name L.C. McNeil who identified himself as an officer and a major investor in E-Cycle. He drove the two women in a black sedan, DeBerry said.

Bowers, now a state senator, was charged in May 2005 in a federal indictment, along with four of her current and former colleagues, a lobbyist and a political operative. They stand accused of taking cash from E-Cycle in exchange for their influence to pass legislation. All have pleaded not guilty.

The longtime state representative told the Memphis newspaper that it was her friendship with Bowers that put her in a difficult situation.

Bowers and DeBerry have birthdays just days apart, and when Bowers invited her to celebrate in Tunica, DeBerry learned that a third person would join them. That third person was E-Cycle's L.C.

DeBerry said she stood before a nickel slot machine at the casino when L.C. handed her $200 cash.

"I was already at the machine," she told the newspaper. "He came back there and said, 'Look, I want y'all to have a good time for your birthday. And here's a birthday gift to play with.' "

DeBerry said she dropped all $200 into the slots and won nothing. That would be 4,000 plays at nickel slots.

DeBerry said E-Cycle's L.C. also gave her a gift certificate for a visit to a health spa as a second birthday gift but that she never used it.

Calling DeBerry a close friend and "a model for honesty and dignity," Naifeh said yesterday that he did not know all the facts surrounding the 32-year legislative veteran's gambling trip.

But it's not clear how Naifeh will get to the bottom of any questions. He said he was not sure if he would turn the matter over to the House Ethics Committee, and was unclear on whether he might quiz DeBerry about the issue.

During a conversation that he had with her yesterday, Naifeh said, the talk was "just mainly to see how she was doing."

In addition, Naifeh came to a press conference with the General Assembly's top attorney, who offered a legal opinion that DeBerry had broken no laws.

That's because of an apparent loophole: It's illegal to accept gifts from a lobbyist or an employer of a lobbyist. But "neither the 2004 nor 2005 list of lobbyists on the Web site of the Registry of Election Finance includes E-Cycle as a registered employer of a lobbyist and thus it would appear the Speaker Pro Tem has not violated the provisions," according to the opinion of attorney Ellen Tewes.

E-Cycle was using the services of Chattanooga lobbyist Charles Love, who has since been indicted. But he had not filed the required paperwork to disclose the arrangement.



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