Ethics Committee to Investigate Rep. Richardson

Larry Margasak, Associated Press, November 4, 2011

Rep. Laura Richardson charged Friday the House Ethics Committee has singled her out for scrutiny because she’s African-American.

Richardson, D-Calif., effectively announced the committee’s investigation before the panel revealed it, accusing fellow lawmakers of ignoring wrongdoing by others in order to focus on her.

The Ethics Committee is looking into whether she improperly used staff for political purposes.

The committee is composed of five members from each party. The ranking Democrat is a Hispanic, Rep. Linda Sanchez of California. Other Democratic members are Rep. Donna Edwards, an African-American from Maryland; Rep. Pedro Pierluisi, who represents Puerto Rico; John Yarmuth of Kentucky; and Joe Courtney of Connecticut. The five Republicans are all white men. {snip}

Since the beginning of 2010, an Associated Press count shows the House Ethics Committee has announced investigations or investigative results for at least 33 House members, 12 of whom are African-American. There are 43 African-Americans in the 435-member House. {snip}

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Richardson also said she would “explore the issue of whether the Ethics Committee has engaged in discriminatory conduct in pursuing two investigations against me while simultaneously failing to apply the same standards to, or take the same actions against, other members–of whom the overwhelming majority are white males.”

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  • olewhitelady

    When blacks held office in all-black districts, before desegregation, they apparently got in the habit of fleecing their constituents, stealing from political funds, and committing all sorts of indiscretions. A great many of them are still doing it and, of course, expect to get away with it because their opponents and critics fear charges of racism. In the old days, blacks either didn’t go to white authorities to complain because they figured nothing would be done, or they didn’t want to turn in a fellow black. Of course, with the low moral compass that directs many blacks, this sort of behavior will just go on and on among them.

  • MAJ

    If she’s so innocent what difference does it make how others are treated?

    She’s basically saying she’s guilty of something.

    This is how a child reacts to an accusation.

    When clowns like Richardson are somehow making a nation’s laws the nation is doomed.

  • Eric

    Blacks in large think that they are above the law. I can only imagine universe sized self-inflated egos of congressional blacks.

  • The Bobster

    The ranking Democrat is a Hispanic, Rep. Linda Sanchez of California. Other Democratic members are Rep. Donna Edwards, an African-American from Maryland; Rep. Pedro Pierluisi, who represents Puerto Rico(?); John Yarmuth of Kentucky; and Joe Courtney of Connecticut.

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    LOL. It looks like the fox is guarding the chicken coop.