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Player of the Week: Stephanie Tubbs Jones

As a former judge and both the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Cuyahoga County prosecutor, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D) has never been afraid of an argument. And as the current chairwoman of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, she has grown accustomed to fending off all manner of political pressure.

That background came in handy this week, as Tubbs Jones emerged as one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's staunchest supporters -- both in Ohio and in the Congressional Black Caucus -- even when the chips appeared to be down for the New York senator. Clinton won Ohio's Democratic presidential primary by 10 points on Tuesday with a big boost from Tubbs Jones, and that makes her Capitol Briefing's Player of the Week.

Now in her fifth term in Congress, Tubbs Jones represents a Cleveland-based seat that is "by far the most politically Democratic district in Ohio," according to the Almanac of American Politics. That put her at ground zero of Tuesday's primary fight. When all the momentum seemed to be going Obama's way, and civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) made big news by switching his allegiance from Clinton to Obama, the media was full of speculation that other black lawmakers might follow suit -- and that Tubbs Jones might even face a primary challenge back home because her majority-black district would vote for Obama.

But Tubbs Jones held her ground, telling the Post's Shailagh Murray, "I'm not trying to be a martyr. I think Senator Clinton is the best candidate. And the beauty of the United States of America is you have the right to have your opinion, and I have the right to my opinion."

In the end, Tubbs Jones' opinion carried the day in her home state. Winning cures many ills, and outweighs any pressure or criticism she might have felt from Obama supporters and fellow black lawmakers to back the Illinois senator. Blogging colleague The Fix has already named Tubbs Jones one of the "winners" of the Ohio-Texas two-step for her steadfast support of Clinton.

And Tubbs Jones has also played a part in another big story this week back here in the Capitol -- the currently stalled push by House Democratic leaders to pass an ethics reform bill. The measure would create a new Office of Congressional Ethics to screen potential complaints against members and pass them to the existing ethics committee, which Tubbs Jones chairs. Though most Republicans and many Democrats have been critical of the proposal, Tubbs Jones has been publicly mum on the subject. But regardless of whether the bill passes, she will continue to be the lead player in any House ethics investigations this year.

Between the fight here in Washington over her committee and the fight back home in a crucial primary contest, Tubbs Jones has had a busy week. Fortunately for her, the next Congressional recess is just around the corner.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 7, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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This is quite the view from afar. I don't have the numbers on how her district voted, but I would wager it went significantly for Obama. Consider, too, that there is a census coming and Ohio stands to lose a congressional seat. Being on the opposite side of your constituents and a significant number of community leaders and electeds when your seat may be in trouble in the coming years is probably less than wise. She may bask in the glory of an Ohio victory, but it wasn't won in her district and if Obama gets the nod later she will be remembered solely as a Hillary supporter. I can't fault her for dancing with the one who brought her, however.

Posted by: clevelander | March 7, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm an Ohioan. To the commenter who says Tubbs-Jones decision may be unwise for her own interests, I agree. She may win reelection to Congress with only 70 percent of the vote instead of 80.

Posted by: david scott | March 7, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

If her district changes due to the upcoming census, she's going to need all the help she can get.

Posted by: clevelander | March 7, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

If Tubbs Jones is such an influential player how come Obama won 70% of her district despite her vigorous support of Clinton? Maybe the real player of the week is Gov. Ted Strickland who loaned Hillary his rural Ohio playbook.

Posted by: melba tolliver | March 7, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Representative Jones has the courage to speak her mind and stand up for her beliefs. Would that all members of congress have the same courage. She IS the hero of the week.

Posted by: Kansas 28 | March 7, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"Being on the opposite side of your constituents and a significant number of community leaders and electeds when your seat may be in trouble in the coming years is probably less than wise."

Kenedy, Kerry, Patrick - beware! And the other 40+ superdelegates from MA, 60+ from CA, 40+ from NY, etc. etc.

Posted by: echo2 | March 7, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know why CNN/MSNBC and other News networks are talking about Clinton winning and B.O. being her VP....How is that possible except to overturn the popular vote, which is the voice for the voters, just because SHE feels she has more "Experince"...Please explain this...Is Hillary Clinton that "bad" as to tear the party down because of what SHE desires? It does not make sense....And why is the DNC allowing her to endorse McCain? and why isn't anyone talking about this?

And also it was the Clinton party that "winked, winked" at the Candain why aren't news prgms tlking about that????

Posted by: Hheeaatt | March 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

yecch she voted for 'the monster'....Shrillary's true colors were revealed in Ohio and Texas ...whereas previously i was leaning toward voting for her if she was the i would not vote for her under any circumstances...she is vile! Any questions just look at the slimy political hacks on her payroll... not to mention her hedge fund greedhead daughter ( who cares) stumping for the "youth vote" zzzzzz

Posted by: johnny coyote | March 7, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

stephanie demonstrated something very very race in politics today among any party or politically correct environment

she stood tall and loyal to one she believed in...regardless of race...

and her own political interests

perhaps caroline kennedy should include her in her next redux on her famous father's best book "profiles in courage"

...and as stephanie herself told the national media and all those Hilary supporters on Tues evening post victory

"i told you so...."

go stephanie...i have not always been the biggest supporters of hers...but she showed tremendous grit and courage and political self determination in this fight and she will be part of the cabinent if Hillary gets elected president w/ Ms. Jones' help...

Posted by: richard | March 7, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"yecch she voted for 'the monster'....Shrillary's true colors were revealed in Ohio and Texas ...whereas previously i was leaning toward voting for her if she was the i would not vote for her under any circumstances...she is vile! Any questions just look at the slimy political hacks on her payroll... not to mention her hedge fund greedhead daughter ( who cares) stumping for the "youth vote" zzzzzz"

Oh yes, based on those comments we believe you were ever leaning toward voting for Clinton.

Posted by: Spectator2 | March 7, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

If state Dems keep their current statewide offices, the only district changes in Ohio after the census will benefit the Dems. And it wouldn't be easy for even Republicans to gerrymander her her out of a seat in that area -- ya gotta put African American voters somewhere, and they are not stupid enough to vote Republican.

Posted by: David | March 7, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Stephanie Tubbs Jones showed courage and strength by voting her conscious as oppose to what is politically correct. I admire Ms. Stephanie and wish to take a page from her as I make decisions in life. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.

You go girl!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 7, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Ms.Jones is to be commended for her courage and loyalty.I look foreward to seeing Senator Clinton's winning the race in November and an appointment for Ms.Jones in the new Clinton Administration.She deserves no less.Thank you Ms.Jones.

Posted by: Nannie Turner | March 7, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I respect Stephanie Tubbs Jones so her support of Clinton made me seriously think about voting for her. However i never heard why and she thought Clinton was better. I agree it was more likely influence of Ted Strickland and maybe Rush that made Ohio win so big. Ethics reform will be good and I hope it can be accomplished

Posted by: djw3505 | March 8, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Cong Jones had the ovarian fortitude to stand for what she believed. She stood with her friend under extreme opposition and pressure. That's a friend and a leader.

Would her constituents really have respected her if she caved in to popular opinion? Hell no! That's why they have elected her numerous times. Would that Cong Lewis had the testicular fortitude to do the same.

Cleveland, you guys are blessed to have a leader who stands on principle whether or not you agree with her stand in this instance. I must confess I've been a Clinton supporter since 1988.

Posted by: A. Rasheed Shah | March 8, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --


"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

Posted by: jreno8 | March 8, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Jones is correct on standing on firm ground. Once the story of Rezko and his mafia co-horts comes full circle there are going to be alot of very unhappy people. Obama tried to act like he did not know Rezko, during the debate. Now it comes out that he has known him since law school. And Rezko was the mastermind behind Obama's political career. The govenor of Ill. run on the same platform as Obama, using the transparency of government as a one liner. Hopefully some real good investigative reporters will start exposing Obama for what he is. And yes the irs needs to be investigating this also. Whe the Rezko trial is not being reported by the major media is very perplexing. This will turn out to be the trial of the century, and deserves to be headline news. Ms Jones needs to be on the ticket as VP.

Posted by: melody, Snohomish, wa | March 8, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Tubbs-Jones bequeathed her vow of allegiance before Obama announced or even the field had filled. She had given her loyalty in allegiance to Clinton prior before even Clinton publically announced and for that I find her a suspicious, self-interested character. Clinton was lying that she was not going to run when the Establishments in DC, NY, and LA knew. Tubbs-Jones was duplicit in the performance of being a bit player in the grand performance and pageantry to get Clinton elected.

Loyalty is to be commended but Tubbs-Jones was hitching to a more dominant machine. No matter the outcome of Hillary in this campaign, she has proven her loyalty to The Clintons.

The media does not quite understand the complex arguments Blacks have against Tubbs-Jones and others. It's not so much that some of them support Clinton, many have a legacy of hitching to the wagons of Establishments for security instead of considering what representation for the people and of the people really means.

Friendship is one thing and that is what this is but for it in the realm of politics where she is a surrogate for a truly despised candidate, liability is shared and rendered to Tubbs-Jones as part of The Clinton Machine. She can't have it both ways hoping that her constituents never learn of her spin on loyalty, friendship, and subjection to playing the willing part of a political hatchetman of one of her colleagues that has not publically come after her the same way.

...Talk about ethics!

Posted by: Andrea | March 8, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Jones support of Hillary is embarasssing. Not only did she over do it by fawning all over Hillary at campaign stops, but feels she had the right to vote contrary to her constitutients wishes.
The attitude of these congress representives feeling that they can ignore their constitutients and represent themselves is about the end.

Posted by: Douglas | March 8, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

To settle a matter of a bet, Blaise Paschal significantly advanced the field of mathematics by inventing Paschal's Triangle, formalizing the binomial theorem, and dealing with "Expected Results", useful in such fields as Insurance and Traffic Engineering.

The Dems are about to produce their own crap shoot, interrupted by running out of primaries before an indisputable winner can be determined. Then a philosopher of Paschal's intellect might be needed to fairly apportion the elected delegates.

Even with that particular intellectual puzzle solved, getting from the state of many results and no winner to the result of two candidates splitting the available delegates, and neither gaining a winning majority (thank God the old 2/3 majority rules are not in effect) this campaign will devolve upon the wisdom of 750 Democratic leaders who got the post of "Super Delegate". (The thought of Rhine McClinn, Super Delegate from Dayton, and Dixie Allen, once a significant force in Party Politics, as the Atom Ant and The Tick of Super beings is certainly amusing)

Still, those 750 elders of the party will have to set down and determine just whom the party ought to nominate, and the rest of the delegates, the candidates (themselves in positions to be super delegates, (are they?) ) need to begin, now bracing their adherents to the concept that when the nomination has to be decided by super delegates, this isn't some dark conspiracy, merely an appeal to authority, where the authority has a history of knowing what is best for the Party, and for the Country, and working for that best result. Both Hillary and Barack need to be defusing the ravings of their followers about super delegates stealing a nomination.

Of course, should one or the other defy current experience and win an outright majority in the primaries, that ought to suffice, and the rest of us need to accept the result, but when the Elders have to balance competeing factions, we need to be ready to accept THAT result as well.

As for the "Dream Ticket" it ISN'T in either's best interest, since Hillary will be a bit old to run in 2016, and something of a distraction in an Obama Administration, and Barack will do better in preparing for his possible administration if he is among the Senior Leadership in the Senate tasked with passing the Democratic Party's (which both he and she have every reason to agree on) agenda. For Hillary she serves best in the Senate if she isn't the candidate, because that will be her power base and passing 90% of the possible in the New Hope Administration will be her crowning accomplishment, which she could not be reasonably expected to do from Admiral's House.

The question is, HC and BO can and will respond properly to the final wisdom. Can their partisans begin to tune to the needs of the party, and end this aggravating dissonance of "The Super Delegates are going to..."

We in the chorus need to sing on key at least as much as the principle soloists.

Posted by: | March 8, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a "wee bit silly" for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province."

Posted by: Ban the Clintoons from the WH | March 9, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Tubbs Jones has a brain, thinks and uses her independent judgement. That is the definition of a superdelegate. Oprama lost Ohio. Jones didn't budge under the pressure and that was a brilliant move.

Oprama will have a lot of victory speeches from now until April 22.But after losing Pennsylvania Oprama will be singing his swan song and begging to be Clintons' Veep.

Oprama can't lose the big 4 California, Ohia, Michigan and Pennsylvania and get the nomination in August. It'll look like the ol' boys club. He can be crowned by the superdelegates but he will lose in November because women will not vote for him. If Oprama can't win the female vote by November he can't beat against McCain.
Not even a talk show host can help him

Posted by: Grace | March 9, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Please someone in the Democratic Party run against this "representative" next time she's up for reelection. A young change democratic has challenged John Lewis.

Although it may take an election or two to unseat these establishment black representatives, but it's time for them to go. They have truly lost touch. Loyalty should go to your district, not some other politician. Tubbs is a disgrace.

Remember the Congressman who trolled the page dorm looking for males. Tubbs served on the ethics committee and gave him a pass. That action last year shows what type of person she truly is (a disgrace).

Posted by: Ann | March 10, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The quality of the discourse in the preceding posts is, with depressingly few exceptions, exceedingly moronic. Screeching has taken the place of thinking, and the triumph of emotion over rationality is nearly complete. If John McCain ever wants to fight a bout of depression, all he has to do is read these posts and watch Democrats tear each other to shreds.

The ever-intensify Democratic nomination battle surely has unleashed much passion, but let's save MOST of it for defeating John McCain. For those Dems who won't be able to bring themselves to vote in November for the dreaded and (apparently) hated "other" Democratic candidate, I hope they can reconcile themselves to a third Bush term (that' right--for all his supposed "maverick" independence, John McCain is far more an orthodox Republic than any kind of centrist, and, as such, is much in the same mold as Dubya).

Take a breath, people. Stop and think. When this miserable primary season comes to its close (tomorrow would be fine by me), STAY DEMOCRATIC or suffer four or more years of consequences. If think that McCain would be better than either HRC or BHO, you need a brain transplant.

Posted by: jfbdma | March 10, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Now, now, folks, we all know Hill is far more experienced because she was first lady, so why don't we vote for Laura Bush for president this time around. She has the same amount of "experience" Hillary has.

Posted by: grannyone1 | March 10, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I have served as a municipal elected official for 24 years in the district currently serviced by STJ and I feel that the stance she has taken in championing Hillary is example of some of tne bravest leadership of an unquestionably strong public leader. When we elect our federal representatives, we expect them to protect our best interests and that can include the possibilty, no the probability, that as she is "in the room" and "on the scene" with these candidates in DC (and we are back home in Ohio) she is in position to better envision who will be the best choice to lead our nation at a time when having a sense of Executive Level responsibility crutially leaves little time for a learning curve. Senator Clinton is an intelligent, driven, focused politician who has had the unprecedented and unparrelled opportunity to step up to the plate understanding not only American government and cultures but those of so many more foreign nations. How absurd that we think she (STJ) should choose by race to be properly align her own leadership. I am sure that STJ will work with whichever candidate wins this primary.That STJ has seen the potential of greatness in HC and is willing to say so even though she is another race should engage our minds not our lip. To bully her...challenging her continuance in office is a behavior we should have lost when we were five years old. Especially after all these years with W in the White House, STJ certainly sees the need to align the best next president in place and was willing to help our Governor who sees it the same way. Our Congresswoman is not a child and certainly considered those who would throw rocks at her long before the very public statement that she has made.If that is not guts and leadership at its finest.....
Politics...Consider that she has been of such stature that many of the noisemaking wannabes may be doing so because they never found a chance to take a shot at her before. And that has nothing to do with Obama or Clinton. We will all have our own political preferences but can not deny her leadership, energy or ethics in this campaign.

Posted by: Deb | March 11, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

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