More arrogance from a member of Congress. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) violated Congressional Black Caucus Foundation rules by awarding scholarship money to four relatives and a top aide’s two children, according to an attorney for the Foundation.
Unknowingly? Give me a break. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to realize that you shouldn’t give foundation grants to relatives. At the very least, someone with a bit of common sense would ask. Rep Johnson is a bright woman, so this has nothing to do with common sense, but much to do with arrogance and a belief that there are two sets of rules, one for members of Congress, the other for “us common folk.”
The Congresswoman first that she showed favoritism but later said in a statement by her office that she “unknowingly” made a mistake with some of the privately funded grants.
The way the foundations scholarships are supposed to work is members of the Congressional Black Caucus(CBC)are given $10,000 annually for scholarships and they have great leeway in how they pick winners. However, the awards come with an anti-nepotism rule and require winners to live or study in the lawmaker’s district.
Initially, she said, “I recognized the names when I saw them. And I knew that they had a need just like any other kid that would apply for one.” Had there been more “very worthy applicants in my district,” she added, “then I probably wouldn’t have given it” to the relatives.
What she meant to say is “if I realized I might have been caught, then I probably wouldn’t have given it to the relatives”. Johnson is not only the former Chair of the CBC, but she served on the board of the foundation. If she didn’t have a general idea of the rules, she couldn’t have been very good board member.
There is much more to this story of congressional arrogance, Ed Morrissey Has more at Hot Air