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Democrat Congress Probes Blacks Only

From the Politico:

Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

John Bresnahan Tue Nov 3

The House ethics committee is currently investigating seven African-American lawmakers — more than 15 percent of the total in the House. And an eighth black member, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), would be under investigation if the Justice Department hadn’t asked the committee to stand down.

Not a single white lawmaker is currently the subject of a full-scale ethics committee probe.

The ethics committee declined to respond to questions about the racial disparity, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are wary of talking about it on the record. But privately, some black members are outraged — and see in the numbers a worrisome trend in the actions of ethics watchdogs on and off Capitol Hill.

“Is there concern whether someone is trying to set up [Congressional Black Caucus] members? Yeah, there is,” a black House Democrat said. “It looks as if there is somebody out there who understands what the rules [are] and sends names to the ethics committee with the goal of going after the [CBC].”

African-American politicians have long complained that they’re treated unfairly when ethical issues arise. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are still fuming over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to oust then-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) from the House Ways and Means Committee in 2006, and some have argued that race plays a role in the ongoing efforts to remove Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) from his chairmanship of that committee.

Last week’s actions by the House ethics committee are sure to add fuel to the fire.

The committee — which has one African-American lawmaker, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), among its 10 members — on Thursday considered three referrals from the recently formed Office of Congressional Ethics. It dismissed a case against Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who is white, but agreed to open full-blown investigations of California Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson, both of whom are black.

The committee was already investigating five other African-Americans. Rangel is the subject of two different probes, one involving a host of issues he has put before the committee and another involving allegations that corporate funds may have been used improperly to pay for members’ trips to the Caribbean in 2007-08. Reps. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Donald Payne (D-N.J.) and Del. Donna Christensen (D-U.S. Virgin Islands) are also included in the second of those investigations.

A document leaked to The Washington Post last week showed that nearly three dozen lawmakers have come under scrutiny this year by either the House ethics committee or the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog created in 2008 at the insistence of Pelosi. While the list contained a substantial number of white lawmakers, the ethics committee has not yet launched formal investigative subcommittees with respect to any of them — as it has with the seven African-American members

Another CBC member said black lawmakers are “easy targets” for ethics watchdog groups because they have less money — both personally and in their campaign accounts — to defend themselves than do their white colleagues. Campaign funds can be used to pay members’ legal bills. ..

“It is kind of crazy,” said an aide to one senior black Democrat. “How can it be that the ethics committee only investigates African-Americans? It doesn’t make sense.” …

The nation’s only black senator, Roland Burris of Illinois, is currently under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. It’s not clear whether that committee is currently investigating any white members, although Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is likely to be in its sights if the Justice Department doesn’t pre-empt a committee investigation.

Of course it must be racism. There is just no other explanation.

Besides, Congress is run from top to bottom by Democrats.

And everyone knows that it is not possible for Democrats to be racists.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Democrat Congress Probes Blacks Only”

  1. Confucius says:

    A white and Democrat-controlled Congress investigating their own black Democrat colleagues?

    Now there’s a shocker.

    I’m more interested in knowing what would happen to a Congressman that is half-black and half-white.

  2. GL0120 says:

    “Another CBC member said black lawmakers are “easy targets” for ethics watchdog groups because they have less money — both personally and in their campaign accounts”

    Check their home freezers, I’m pretty certain you’ll find that they have plenty of money!

    • Elektra says:

      Isn’t that the truth!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Nothing like cold, hard, cash for those plasma TV’s and hush money to ……. well, Jesse Sr. ain’t part of this is he?

      He gets’ his moneys the old fashioned way ……… shakedown artist and race baiting ……. right!

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Well, I support equal opportunity and I’m perfectly willing to investigate the ethical quandaries of non-black members of Congress such as….oh…..say…..Nancy Pelosi.

    The world doesn’t revolve around skin color. However, the Democratic party seem to think that it does.

  4. proreason says:

    Why is it that few Congressmen and women are wealthy when the enter Congress, whereas all are wealthy within a few years of election?

    Perhaps the weighty responsibilities they bear induces some form of extreme frugality.

  5. prm says:

    And the probes could have nothing to do with the fact that they actually did something wrong? This is reminiscient of liberals who scream about the high rate of minorities in our prison systems…….it of course having nothing to do with the fact that these people broke the law. It’s all about the color of their skin. Sigh.

  6. proreason says:

    The chances of randomly selecting 7 consecutive black people in the House are 1 in 10,408,041.

    In other words, it is impossible.

    Something else is going on.

    And since Democrats control the Ethics committee…..draw your own conclusion.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “Something else is going on.”

      That was my first thought. There’s
      something happening behind
      the scenes. Those in power never
      act unless something can help or hurt
      them. Which ever, it will be real
      interesting to see how this shakes out.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, t’would be interesting to see them divide themselves along racial lines. In fact, I’d be laughing so hard I’d fall out of my chair. Interesting observation, pro. Is that a bus coming down the road I hear?

  7. wirenut says:

    Just investigate anybody with a (D) behind their name. It would keep the courts and lawyers in gridlock for years an years. Enough time for us to save the U.S. , and our way of life.

  8. Chuckk says:

    How long have we been hearing that the justice system is racist because there are disproportionate numbers of blacks in prison? The same thing must be going on in Congress.

  9. wirenut says:

    OK, you got me. (D) ,(R) or ( I). Investigate them all. Haw! It still buys time. Anyway of slowing down the “march” to the trench that’s filled with bodies just outside of town. Is fine with me.

  10. canary says:

    Oh a slap on the hand compare to whities being prosecuted.

    I was shocked as I listened to a racist commerical on talk radio. I thought it was a job add saying bilingual language speaking applicants wanted add. It went something like this.
    woman “I am a female latino doctor.”
    male “I am a male caucasion doctor.”
    woman “I speak Spanish”
    male “I hablo no Es Spanol'”
    woman “I am a doctor with brown eyes”
    male “I am a doctor with blue eyes”
    woman “The difference between me and the other doctor is I donated to the American Red Cross. (male did not say another word. As a caucasion male (as if they all have blue eyes) did not say another word. he does not fall within the list of minorities. If it had been the other way around Red Cross would have the Civil Liberities down their throats.

    Do not forget how the Red Cross has handled other donations (non-profit can keep up to 80% to run their company. They tried to keep multi-millions after 9/11 WTC. If media had not exposed, they’d have gotten away with it.

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