More Democratic Ethics Problems Emerge
posted at 12:35 pm on August 31, 2010 by Howard Portnoy
Democrats these days seem bent on testing the truth value of the adage “bad news comes in threes.” With ethics investigations of Reps. Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters still unresolved and on voters’ minds, news of yet another Democrat corruption scandal has broken.
The Dallas Morning News reports that veteran congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) diverted thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and the children of one of her aides. The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules imposed by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which was the source of the money.
The awards violated a second foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member’s district.
Johnson’s office released a statement admitting that her actions represented a rule violation but included the claim that it was inadvertent and that she was now working to “rectify the financial situation.” Yeah, that sounds pretty believable.
This news comes a day after a Gallup poll revealed that Republicans running for Congressional seats are now favored over Democrats by a 10-percent margin in a generic matchup. Memo to Speaker Pelosi: How’s that draining of the swamp coming?
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