Waters Hit With Three Ethics Charges
1:20 PM, Aug 9, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
California Rep. Maxine Waters has been formally charged by the House Ethics Committee with three ethics violations:
Waters is framing the work on behalf of OneUnited as a continuation of her career working for minority-owned businesses, setting up a racially charged defense for the special favor.Unnamed lawmakers are obliging her by complaining about a "dual standard" for black lawmakers, but CREW rejects the charge:
Both Waters and Rangel are threatening to go to public trial to fight the charges, which would mean two, simultaneous ethics trials for Democrats less than two months before the November elections. The resulting high-profile criticism for the two lawmakers would undoubtedly lead to numerous racism accusations and another entirely unhelpful and rancorous "national conversation" about race.But in the public consciousness, Waters and Rangel won't be symbols of black, corrupt representatives or even Democratic, corrupt representatives (although Dems will pay a bigger p.r. price in this case), but symbols of Washington corruption and the incredible entitlement that comes with it. That's what the country is upset about, and it shouldn't be confused with racism just because the accused happened to be black.