Congresswoman redirected scholarships to relatives, aide’s children

posted at 8:45 am on August 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

As if Democrats didn’t have enough troubles on the ethics front with two trials coming up in the House.  Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters have company after the Dallas Morning News reported that Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson gave scholarships from a charitable fund to four relatives and the two children of her aide.  The scholarships violated an anti-nepotism rule that keeps Congressional Black Caucus members from using such charitable funds as payoffs and featherbedding accounts:

Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide’s two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers’ causes.

The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member’s district.

Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so “unknowingly” and would work with the foundation to “rectify the financial situation.”

Oh, please.  That doesn’t pass the smell test.  Under what system would it ever be acceptable for someone to award scholarship funds from charitable accounts to their own family members?  Common sense would tell most people that a line had been crossed, even if it wasn’t explicitly spelled out under the CBC’s own rules — which it was.

Johnson claims she didn’t “personally benefit,” but her family certainly did.  So too did the family of her district director, Rod Givens, whose two children got money from the fund.  That at least gives the appearance that Johnson used the CBC charity money to pay Givens outside of his normal salary and benefits structure, which is publicly disclosed.

It’s for this precise scenario that most charitable organizations use independent boards to select recipients for outlays.  Instead of putting the individual Representative in the role of paymaster, a smarter and less fraught method would be for the CBC to handle these applications in an aggregate manner and then have an independent panel make the final decisions, even while Representatives nominate constituents for the awards.  Why don’t they do that?  Because the entire purpose of the scholarships is to make the individual Representatives get the credit for giving the money to the students, so they can get their names in the paper and keep getting re-elected.

Johnson may get re-elected anyway, but it’s clear that she represents the swamp that needs draining, and soon.

Update: Jeff Dunetz thinks this is a perfect example of Congressional arrogance.


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None of the six lived or attended school in Johnson’s district. They lived in districts represented by white Republicans.

See, the problem was racism after all! Now where can I contribute to Sharpton’s presidential campaign?

/vomit

jwolf on August 30, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The CBC is an inherently racist institution, being race based and all, so why would unethical/illegal behavior surprise anybody? All race based institutions should be dismantled in D.C. They’re not legal anywhere else in the public sector US, why are they allowed in the Capitol?

Mojave Mark on August 30, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The thing that gets me, is she doesn’t even bring much to her district from Washington. A decent congress critter should be able to bring a lot, considering how safe this district is for her.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

To the contrary, Coz.

She brings a little over $250k to her district every year. And to keep full accountability of those funds, every one of those dollars gets deposited to her checking account.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Seriously? If so, Fannie Mae is and was even worse than I had thought.

jwolf on August 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I predict that, if the Repubs have the, umm, glands, to tackle it, they’ll uncover a festering mass of corruption from the top of Freddie/Fannie to the bottom. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

mr.blacksheep on August 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM

The liberals say this is no big deal because it is “just reparations” because of slavery over a century before she was born. Nothing dishonest about stealing someone’s money if you are entitled to it because of the color of your skin. Makes sense to a liberal because without 95%+ of the black vote, liberals would be irrelevant.

volsense on August 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM

No, but for blacks, this is just favoritism. Blacks need to realize that this is the Democratic slave plantation at work. Liberal white Democrats enable 30 to 40 corrupt members of the CBC to act as overseers of their congressional districts, covering for their many indiscretions in exchange for near unanimous support for Democratic candidates of all stripes.

But imagine if you’re a parent (single or otherwise) whose deserving kid couldn’t find a way to pay for college, and you find out that your member of Congress violated not only nepotism rules (family/staff relationship) but also eligibility rules (the recipients didn’t live in the congressional districts as was required). How do you reconcile that, if you’re that parent? You’ve been stiffed by “one of your own.”

The GOP should be screaming to blacks about all of this CBC corruption.

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM

By golly … the Congressional Black Caucus is a bunch of corrupt mother faxxors!

Uhm – is saying that racist?

Please say it is! Because it really doesn’t bother me anymore!

HondaV65 on August 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

You are obviously biased regarding the Arachnid-American community.

I for one welcome our new eight-legged overlords.

Viva la araña!

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

We don’t need such predators associated with America.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

We generally just use those to keep the yankees out.

Cuba couldn’t afford us either, but Texas would probably succeed against Cuba where the US failed…so give it a try, we dare ya’.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:46 AM

You are obviously biased regarding the Arachnid-American community.
I for one welcome our new eight-legged overlords.
Viva la araña!
NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Don’t be speaking Romanian to me, pal, speak American.

I’ve been to Texas, I’ve seen the dessicated, cocooned corpses of those unfortunates which the spiders attacked, so preach your bullshiite elsewhere, I’m not buying.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Had there been more “very worthy applicants in my district,” she added, “then I probably wouldn’t have given it” to the relatives.

Ahhh, I see, her kinfolk were simply much more worthy than the other needy kids.

D’oh! Works for me.

Gang-of-One on August 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Chris Matthews,
Is this tribal?

mjbrooks3 on August 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Impeach, impeach, impeach!!!

Khun Joe on August 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM

To the contrary, Coz.

She brings a little over $250k to her district every year. And to keep full accountability of those funds, every one of those dollars gets deposited to her checking account.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Nope, her net worth is south of $100,000. She is among the bottom of elected officials in Washington. She isn’t even good enough to increase her personal wealth. The thing with the Love Field concessions even came back to bite her and her comrades.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM

If you would stay focused on the corruption and ethical angle instead of comments like that there is more likelihood something would be done…

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Your conclusion is commical.

Gang-of-One on August 30, 2010 at 9:51 AM

her reported net worth is south of $100,000.

FIFY

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:52 AM

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Good post Sam…

Keemo on August 30, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Rangle, Waters, and now Johnson.

These are the few we know about. What else is out there to discover. My gut tells me, we get to know some things, and the things we don’t know, are far, far worse!!!

capejasmine on August 30, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Your conclusion is commical.

Gang-of-One on August 30, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Corruption existed long before the CBC. It is the behavior that is reprehensible – color really has nothing to do with the excesses of congressional reps.

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Corruption existed long before the CBC.

Yes, but give credit where credit it due.

They didn’t invent it, but they’ve perfected it.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Keemo on August 30, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Thanks. I would love to hear or read Col. Allen West take off on the CBC for this and other matters. Indeed, I’d love tto see the black GOP candidates running for office tee the CBC up.

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

But, but….it isn’t really fraud or embezzlement if you didn’t know it was illegal….right??

TugboatPhil on August 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM

True but it sure doesn’t take long to figure out what “defense” of the corruption will be and why it will be ignored for the most part.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I didn’t say she was good with money. But she does “earn” nearly $250k in salary and retirement payments.

She’s been a Congress Critter for how long, and she’s only worth $100k?

Uh huh. Sure.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

I’m sure Nancy Pelosi will get working on investigating this matter.

Just as soon as she finishes investigating the “ginned up” opposition to the 9/11 Victory Mosque.

And polishes her nails.

And goes shopping for another $10,000 purse.

And buys some nice shoes to go with the purse.

The investigation is officially scheduled for the 10th of Never-ber.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 10:02 AM

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Perfected may be too strong of a word. But their diversion tactics are an art form. I bet before the week is out she is using her “persecution” in fund raising ads.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM

True but it sure doesn’t take long to figure out what “defense” of the corruption will be and why it will be ignored for the most part.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Yes, I expect some people will use the race card to defend it. As to being ignored time will tell. It took about 3 years to see Jefferson convicted.

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Oh, please.

This corrupt nitwit first claimed “well, the names did sound familiar…”

Typical CBC member — when confronted with evidence of their own criminal corruption, they continue to pretend that everyone can see their splendid new clothes.

No, Emperor, you’re naked…and corrupt and stupid.

Jaibones on August 30, 2010 at 10:05 AM

She’s very proud.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Way harsh, man.

:D

ladyingray on August 30, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM

To which I submit the best response is “Is the behavior ethical and/or acceptable?” That should be the theme imo.

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 10:03 AM

I think they’ve figured out if they’re all caught stealing at the same time, they can complain of racial stereotyping.

They never express even the slightest regret at being caught red-handed.

So to speak.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

She’s been a Congress Critter for how long, and she’s only worth $100k?

Uh huh. Sure.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Y’all can think what you want, she may have cash stashed in her freezer, but she doesn’t have anything to show for it. She is a real empty suit. She was first elected in 1972 (Texas House) and has been part of the government ever since. And she is still unknown to almost every one outside of her district. She is a mystery to a lot of people in her district. In all of her years as an elected official, she has nothing substantial to show for it.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Big 12 haters….

jbh45 on August 30, 2010 at 10:09 AM

No, Emperor, you’re naked…and corrupt and stupid.

Jaibones on August 30, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Now Jaibones, why did you have to go and ruin a perfectly good monday morning with that visual??!!

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM

RACIST! We have already reached the limit of corrupt black congressional members and can only pursue non-black corruption! Didn’t you get the memo?

Willie on August 30, 2010 at 10:12 AM

She is a mystery to a lot of people in her district. In all of her years as an elected official, she has nothing substantial to show for it.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Well, she has several relatives with taxpayer-funded scholarships!

Merovign on August 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Big 12 haters….
jbh45 on August 30, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Ever watched the Minnesota Golden Gopher football team; me, you and 9 people chosen at random from those here at HA could beat their varsity team. The Gophers haven’t had a winning season since about 1934.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Texas should be sawed away from the continent and left to float in the gulf, or else sell the state to Mexico.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Texas on the chopping block now?! Never heard that one before. :)

Being from Kommiefornia, I must admit, I got a good chuckle out this. Now I’m looking on the bright side, at least we’ll be in good company when we’re sold back to Mexico.

Gang-of-One on August 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

You have to be very careful about charity organizations or political donations. This crud goes on constantly, and it’s virtually impossible to police it all.

AnninCA on August 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM

What exactly is golden about a gopher?

I know what’s Nittany about a lion.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Well, she has several relatives with taxpayer-funded scholarships!

Merovign on August 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM

And it has been bigger news locally than her involvement in the Love Field concession contracts. The DMN reporter has been on the radio about this and Stephen Broden is on the radio right now. Broden has been a rising star since he won the primary. Is it enough to beat EBJ? Nobody knows, the district is considered so safe for EBJ that there has been no polling.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Well, she has several relatives with taxpayer-funded scholarships!

Merovign on August 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Nope, if only it were taxpayer money. The scholarship money is from private donations.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Now Jaibones, why did you have to go and ruin a perfectly good monday morning with that visual??!!

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM

I know. My fingers froze as I typed it…uuugggghhhhh.

I, too, used the CBC reference and not out of some sense of a racial component. I don’t recognize the CBC as a race-based organization, but rather as a group of racists. Their skin color has nothing to do with their corruption; it is their corruption itself that is their organizing principle.

But there is great evidence to me that this self-created subset of Congress is the most corrupt subset in Washington. They may play for small potatoes, but that’s only because of the stunning lack of talent in their sickening little group.

Jaibones on August 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

The scholarship money is from private donations.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Mostly corporate shakedowns..:)

Dire Straits on August 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

My opinion only — although occasionally we are able to get rid of a particularly corrupt Congressman, those in the CBC have been protected by crying racism for a full generation. So they have a very dirty house that badly needs a thorough and long overdue cleaning. But I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon.

jwolf on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

It’s not going to happen because you wont stay focused on the real issues.

/Bradky

Gang-of-One on August 30, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM

While this is true, and well said, it should be noted just how safe so many CBC seats are. Many of these “public servants” could be caught red handed taking wheelbarrows of gold out of Ft Knox and the color of their skin (along with a D by their name) will guarantee their reelection.

MJBrutus on August 30, 2010 at 10:28 AM

it is their corruption itself that is their organizing principle.

But there is great evidence to me that this self-created subset of Congress is the most corrupt subset in Washington. They may play for small potatoes, but that’s only because of the stunning lack of talent in their sickening little group.

Jaibones on August 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I’m not prepared to agree they are a group of racists but would agree that they use the card to advance their personal agendas.
The big potatoes bother me just as much. Not sure if you remember when congress forced the AF to purchase 100 C-130 planes for which they didn’t have enough pilots. Factory was in Gingrich’s district and planes were based in Ms – Lott’s state.
I see the pork creating all sorts of useless DoD must buys to satisfy the congress critters. Disgusting and disheartening….

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Your comparison is a little off here. While I agree that pork is disgusting and wasteful, it is not corrupt in the same sense that we’re talking here.

This lady did not secure money for her constituents. It was an (obviously) illegal attempt at personal enrichment of herself or those close to her. It is closer to a “Cold Cash” Jefferson than a Jack Murtha type of offense.

MJBrutus on August 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM

There is a very good case for fraud here…

In the first place, the kids had to apply and the application usually has a statement that they and their parents sign stating that they are eligible for the scholarship that they are applying for

Someone had to receive the application and verify the information on the application

And then the award had to be made….. the student then must submit certain payment information usually including student information and a class schedule or grade report then attendance must be verified and a check signed

If it’s a non-profit, the board minutes should reflect that all of these steps occurred, even if it’s just as bullet items in their agenda.

2nd Ammendment Mother on August 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Little older people are cute and when they start getting confused about all the rules and regulations, it’s time to go home.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM

And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member’s district

Students in her own districts who were turned away should sue. Then impeach! Also, the congresswoman should be forced to wear the scarlett letter “T” (for thief) in public for the next 12 months.

TN Mom on August 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Oh, she’ll get reelected alright. A little background on this insufferable self-righteous snake and her sorry district:

Back when she was a State Senator, she chaired the committee on redistricting. She drew herself a safe Black congressional district in Dallas. Then she promptly ran in that district and won, and has easily won ever since.

Now it looks like her sense of entitlement has expanded even more.

WannabeAnglican on August 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Corruption existed long before the CBC. It is the behavior that is reprehensible – color really has nothing to do with the excesses of congressional reps.

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM

So true, but I was referring to your conclusion:

instead of comments like that there is more likelihood something would be done…

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Just can’t help myself, this still sounds comical.

Gang-of-One on August 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

TN Mom on August 30, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Not electing her in November would be cheaper. I hope her opponent takes advantage of this.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM

MJBrutus on August 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I get the difference. However, the pork is something I’ve gotten to see first hand for 30 years irt DoD purchases.

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Just can’t help myself, this still sounds comical.

Gang-of-One on August 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM

If being optimistic is good enough for Beck it is good enough for me dog goneit! *stomps foot and pouts* ;)

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:54 AM

If it’s true that Repubs are targeting the CBC as Kirsten Powers says I would say it’s because of their criminal activity not their race.

PattyJ on August 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Not electing her in November would be cheaper. I hope her opponent takes advantage of this.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM

He’s a neat guy but not well funded. This is the best chance to unseat EBJ since she was first elected.

Stephen Broden

Back when she was a State Senator, she chaired the committee on redistricting. She drew herself a safe Black congressional district in Dallas. Then she promptly ran in that district and won, and has easily won ever since.

Now it looks like her sense of entitlement has expanded even more.

WannabeAnglican on August 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

The district lines were moved at least twice, maybe three times but my memory is fuzzy, after the 2000 census. For one cycle I was in Pete Sessions district, then moved back to EBJ’s. That one election I didn’t have to vote against her was nice.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

If being optimistic is good enough for Beck it is good enough for me dog goneit! *stomps foot and pouts* ;)

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Well, Bradky, ya got me with that one. Thanks for the reminder! :)

Gang-of-One on August 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Not electing her in November would be cheaper. I hope her opponent takes advantage of this.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 10:52 AM

If Johnson were a Republican, Pelosi would call for Johnson to return the money to her district then step down; fellow Democrats would write an op-ed in USA Today demanding Honor and Accountability in Washington.

TN Mom on August 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM

This could be the Foley of this election cycle without the ickiness. I don’t have much but maybe I will donate some money to her opponent.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

TN Mom on August 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I know, but since she’s not a nasty Republican we will have to make do with what we have. Although the Democrats writing op-eds on Honor and Accountability do sound very entertaining.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Gangster Government

TheBigOldDog on August 30, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Black people have got to put a stop to this constant re- election of corrupt black politicians. They have got to start realizing that doing so reinforces a very negative stereotype of them being accepting of letting Pookie get away with cr@p like this because they are just getting back at the “man”. They need to vote this woman out of office now!

CCRWM on August 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Obviously the White leadership in the House and the White half of Pinnochio “Cousin Eddie” Obama is out to get the CBC!

Fight it, Eddie Bernice, just like the totally innocent Cholly Wrangel and Maxine Waters!

Yer no mo corrupt than Peelosie or Barrack or any of the others!
Fight baby, fight, its yer right! Er, or, ah, somethin!

dhunter on August 30, 2010 at 11:32 AM

If you believe she didn’t know this was wrong, then you must believe she doesn’t bel;ong in the House, plain and simple!

rjoco1 on August 30, 2010 at 11:32 AM

“You’ve lost another submarine?”
– Red October

karl9000 on August 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Ho hum, another day, another corrupt Democrat that will get off scot free.

silvernana on August 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM

As Ken Kesey might say, “Nepotism is better than nopotism.”

Christien on August 30, 2010 at 12:14 PM

What, another black being persecuted for shennanigans? Is this a racist purge of Congress or what?

/sarc

disa on August 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

How unethical. Anyone with common sense knows those scholarships are to buy votes. You use your office to shake down the College’s President if your relative needs a scholarship… ;)

phreshone on August 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Worst. Congressperson. Ever.

I used to live in this horrible woman’s district!
(In a moment of delusion, I may have even voted for her…)
It’s a weird jerrymandered district that includes upscale Uptown Dallas plus poor black Dallas.

I wrote her dozens of emails requesting that she vote in a conservative way for numerous issues.
I didn’t expect her to vote with the Republicans, as it’s obvious she’s a plantation Democrat, but she never acknowledged me a single time as a constituent!

Her Republican opponent is a wonderful man of God and a patriot: Rev. Stephan Broden.
Please support him with your money and your vote!

Jenfidel on August 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Omg, she’s also black. Must be racism.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

As a fellow Texan, yet not in her district, it pleases me no end to have some light shown into this nutcase’s corner !
I’m tellin’ ya .. she’s right up there with the “Puerto Rico could tip into the ocean” crowd .. totally remarkable, this idiot !!

pambi on August 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

You have to be very careful about charity organizations or political donations. This crud goes on constantly, and it’s virtually impossible to police it all.

AnninCA on August 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Its impossible if you are lazy or apathetic! Hold her feet to the fire!

Khun Joe on August 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

When you’re draining a swamp, the first thing uncovered are the shallows – the pikers like this woman or Charlie Rangel. Cheap dates.

Meanwhile, out in the deeps, the big fish are undisturbed.

mojo on August 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Nobody should be surprised. It is business as usual at the Congressional Black Caucus. William Jefferson, Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters and now Eddie Bernice Johnson. All democrats. I am sure if they haven’t already throw out the race card. That is also the usual thing when caught stealing money.

flintstone on August 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM

That’s because EBJ keeps her head down and doesn’t make a lot of statements. She is a stealth congress critter and uses the ignorance of the majority of her constituents to keep her job.

I have heard EBJ speak. It was concentrated, incoherent babble.
She is in a minority district “carve out” that used to include Marty Frost (where is he, BTW?). The people of that district vote color of skin only, and Marty just was not dark enough. I hate his politics, but at least he was coherent

gonnjos on August 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Captain Renault Award® of the day.

MassVictim on August 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

SMU?? Baylor??
Hmmm. Not exactly the cheapest schools in Texas.
I suppose Sam Houston State and Texas State does look more like you may actually need a scholarship to attend…

I live in Texas, my son…go to SMU or Baylor?? No way, too expensive…unless he gets a scholarship..;) Hmmmm, what is the Congresswoman’s number anyway….

Bikerchick on August 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Marty Frost (where is he, BTW?). The people of that district vote color of skin only, and Marty just was not dark enough. I hate his politics, but at least he was coherent

gonnjos on August 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Thanks, I’ve been trying to remember that name since the latest EBJ thing came up. When Martin Frost was in office, EBJ voted how he told her to, more so than the dem leadership or CBC.

After he got kneecapped by DeLay (it was the only way to get him out of his UAW run district but made EBJ’s district more safe for her), I think he became a lobbyist.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Her Republican opponent is a wonderful man of God and a patriot: Rev. Stephan Broden.
Please support him with your money and your vote!

Jenfidel on August 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I saw Rev. Broden on Glenn Beck; very, very impressive!

TN Mom on August 30, 2010 at 3:45 PM

The as*hole should repay all the cash from her own pocket.
And hopefully will get her a*s handed to her if she goes for re-election.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Rev. Stephen Broder is the Republican candidate who is running against Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.

Rev. Stephen Broder has an excellent video on his campaign web site about Conservatism. Here is the link:

http://www.brodenforcongress.com/

Based on the video, it looks like Stephen Broder could be a very strong candidate against Rep. Johnson.

But Rep. Johnson does have a financial advantage. According to the FEC.gov web site as of 6/30/10

Stephen Broden had Cash on Hand = $44,742

Rep. Johnson had Cash on Hand = $264,507

As word of Rep. Johnson corruption spreads, it sure seems like it would be relatively easy to close that financial gap.

Make 2010 the year we rid the Congress of another corrupt politician!

wren on August 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

After he got kneecapped by DeLay (it was the only way to get him out of his UAW run district but made EBJ’s district more safe for her), I think he became a lobbyist.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Martin Frost is now deceased, but I now live in his old district where I am a very happy conservative constituent of the man who beat Frost for the position-Pete Sessions!

Jenfidel on August 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Martin Frost is now deceased, but I now live in his old district where I am a very happy conservative constituent of the man who beat Frost for the position-Pete Sessions!

Jenfidel on August 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Unless this happened in the last couple of days, you may want to tell him that. I’m sure I heard a quote from him, or saw him on TV in the last week. And when Texas did the mid-cycle redristricting, he could have run in a few districts. IIRC, they wanted him to take out his lapdog, EBJ, but he wouldn’t do it and ran against the big dog, Sessions, instead.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 4:35 PM

cozmo, OK, seems he is stil alive (LOL).
I have him mixed up with another awful Democrat who also looks like Mr. Potato Head.
Sorry!

Jenfidel on August 30, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I’ll settle for politically dead. He was a Texas lefty in the same way Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, Mark White and LBJ was, the true believer kind. EBJ is just an incompetent boob that proves the “Peter principle”, and reflects poorly on the majority of her constituents. Much to the consternation of those of us stuck on the edges of her district.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 6:28 PM

The as*hole should repay all the cash from her own pocket.
And hopefully will get her a*s handed to her if she goes for re-election.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Who the hell are you and what have you done with my troll???

runawayyyy on August 30, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Might be a good time to speak at the campus and community colleges in Dallas about how students wern’t worthy but EBJ grandkids and nephews were for schlorships. That is aweful to limit who knows about the schlorships so your family can get them.Democrats – helping the little people get screwed.

Gracelynn on August 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Give any group free rein (and an unlimited budget) to do as they please and soon you will have a “den of thieves”.
There was a quote ” we must not lend crutches or we will produce cripples”. I thought it was a good description of the welfare system but it seems apt here as well.

mad scientist on August 30, 2010 at 8:04 PM

If it’s true that Repubs are targeting the CBC as Kirsten Powers says I would say it’s because of their criminal activity not their race.

PattyJ on August 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

As my old boss would say, “first you go for the low-hanging fruit”.

mad scientist on August 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

parteagirl on August 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I can believe that EBJ got her aides to run personal errands. She used to come in to a furniture store we had and I swear to God, she had a young man with her whose job was to CARRY HER PURSE!

mrsmwp on August 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Also, please spread the word on other blogs that Stephen Broden needs money!

mrsmwp on August 30, 2010 at 8:27 PM

The as*hole should repay all the cash from her own pocket.
And hopefully will get her a*s handed to her if she goes for re-election.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Who the hell are you and what have you done with my troll???

runawayyyy on August 30, 2010 at 6:44 PM
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I calls it like I sees it and she’s a crooked piece of sh*t.
Her ludicrous defense should all but seal her fate to be kicked to the curb.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM

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