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September 17, 2010

Maxine Waters

Filed under: Politics — Ken @ 3:43 pm

Our friends over at The Hill have an article that on it’s surface is pretty typical – campaign workers with signs for one politician asked to leave a public event for a different politician; they were asked to leave and they did without incident – no big deal, right? Well, not so fast…

Seems the campaign workers were working on behlaf of Maxine Waters, the embattled Representative from California who is facing ethics charges from the Congressional Board of Ethics, and the politician scheduled to speek at the public event was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who created the Congressional Board of Ethics in 2008. But there’s more…

When asked about the sign-carrying supporters at the X Prize event Speaker Pelosi was scheduled to speak at, Rep. Waters said “It ain’t about Nancy. It’s about black people.” She later went on to say “These signs will show up wherever large numbers of African Americans gather.”

It’s unusual, but not wrong, for a politician to defend themselves in such a way, but the interesting thing to me is that Rep. Waters isn’t working on convincing her constituents back in California of her innocence as she runs for re-election this November 2nd, but she is focusing her energies on events in Washington D.C., and only those events that attract large numbers of African Americans gather. (She said that the workers with signs had wandered over to Speaker Pelosi’s event after working a Legislative Meeting held by the Congressional Black Caucus at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. Indeed, one of the workers said they simply “wanted to see the cars.”)

I must say, I find it odd that she is only interested in presenting her side of the case to African Americans, and that here efforts (so far anyways) are centered on events some 3,000 miles from her district.


1 Comment »

  1. How is it odd? It seems normal behavior for Waters’ sort of race-baiting, grievance-monger.

    Comment by jonolan — September 17, 2010 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

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