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Yet Another Round Of ‘Guess That Party’

There is certainly nothing particularly newsworthy about a politician going to jail for lining his own pockets. But just as a thought experiment, try to find any mention of former Representative Ballance’s party affiliation.

It’s not mentioned in any of the half dozen or so articles that I have scanned about his departure for jail, including this typically upbeat story about what a great guy he is:

Former U.S. Congressman Frank Ballance, joined by his mother Alice, arrives at the “People’s Freedom Rally”, which was held in his honor Wednesday night.

Farewell rally for former Congressman heading to prison

Supporters of Frank Ballance say they will stand by him over the next four years

Laila Muhammad
WNCT-TV 9
Wednesday, December 28, 2005

A former Congressman is packing his bags for the big house. Frank Ballance is expected to show up to begin a four-year sentence for money laundering on Friday.

But Wednesday night supporters of Ballance threw him a farewell rally in Roanoke Rapids.

Organizers say they asked people to bring donations as another sign of support for Ballance. And the more than 80 supporters at the farewell say they plan to stand behind Ballance for the next four years.

There were cheers of support and songs of hope honoring former Congressman Frank Ballance.

"He was still a good man, he did a lot of good things so I choose to have the glass half full when it comes to frank not half empty," says supporter Dorothy White Cannon.

"Even though he’s had a tragedy here, that he’s made some mistakes, it doesn’t mean that all the good work that he’s done is forgotten," says Gary Grant, the rally organizer.

Many supporters like Gary Gant say they believe racism played a role in Ballance’s punishment.

"He should have never plead guilty, we also think that the sentencing is too harsh," says Grant.

"People who know me know that I am not a thief, I am not a crook, I’m a person who tries to help people," says Frank Balance.

Reporter: "What about the charges of money laundering, what you say to that?"

Ballance: "No such thing ever happened."

However Ballance says he admits that he did make some mistakes, like giving a grant to a church organization that his son oversaw.

"It was a mistake in hindsight to give that grant because my son was involved and if we had filed the 990’s (tax forms) in a timely fashion, that would have been disclosed and it would not have looked like something that was trying to be covered up," says Ballance.

For now, Ballance says it’s time to move forward and prepare for the next four years behind bars.

"You have to use comparative analysis and decide whether or not Frank Ballance what he did deserved a four-year jail term, so that’s my appeal, my appeal is to the public," says Ballance.

And for his supporters, it’s an appeal they’ve already decided to accept.

"We’re going to be here for him in jail and out of jail," says Cannon.

Ballance says his legal fees are already paid for and he will use his donations however he chooses.

Ballance will head to the federal prison in Butner on Friday to begin his four-year sentence. He says he hopes to use that time to mentor others and fight injustices in the federal prison system.

You would never know from this article or any of the others on him that Ballance had even done anything wrong. But in actual fact:

On September 2, 2004, Ballance was indicted on federal charges including, money laundering, mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud with his son, Garey Ballance, a state district judge in Warren County, North Carolina. Garey Ballance is also charged in the indictment with income tax evasion.

The charges arose after allegations were made that the elder Ballance took $2.3 million in state funds he secured as a State Senator for the John A. Hyman Memorial Youth Foundation and used the cash for the enrichment of himself, his family, and his church.

On November 9, 2004, a plea agreement was reached under which Ballance pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. In January, 2005, he was disbarred from the practice of law in the state of North Carolina. On October 12, 2005, he was sentenced to four years in prison, two years supervised release, and fined $10,000.

And of course you would never know from this or any of the other articles about him that Ballance is a lifelong Democrat, in case you hadn’t guessed it by now. But that is the only way you would know — by guessing.

Again, it is old news to mention, but it is clearly an unwritten law that our one party media must studiously avoid reporting party affiliation when Democrats get into trouble. Yet when there is a Republican involved in even the slightest trangression, the DNC/MSM never leave any doubt what party he belongs to. (Cf. Delay, Tom.)

But what media bias, right?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 30th, 2005. Comments are currently closed.

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