Maxine Waters Case
Guest Columnist | 10/3/2012, 1:39 p.m.
It did not reach the same conclusion about Mikael Moore, the congresswoman's chief of staff and grandson.
The report said, "However, the Waters Committee finds that Representative Waters' COS violated House rules by taking specific actions that would accrue to the benefit of OneUnited, a bank Representative Waters had a significant financial interest in and which interest could have been significantly impacted by the actions." The committee found Moore's testimony on the matter lacked credibility and issued him a letter of reproval.
Congress prohibits its members from hiring of close relatives, a definition that does not include grandchildren. Because of the Waters case, however, the committee members think that time has come to broaden the definition of close relatives to include grandchildren.
Waters contended all along - and the evidence was there to support her assertion - that she had done nothing improper. But House Republicans were intent on dragging her name through the mud. This is one of the few times that they have been fully exposed. How many other Black lawmakers have been subjected to the same treatment, but that information never became public?
George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.