Human Eventsby Lynn Woolley
U. S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Dallas Democrat, is one of the nationâ€™s foremost practitioners of old-style cronyism and race-based politics. But even though her current bid for a tenth term has drawn the notice of both Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, most Americans have never heard of her. That should change.
Like her colleagues in the Black Congressional Caucus, Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel, Rep. Johnson has landed in some ethics trouble. Specifically, Ms. Johnson awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four of her own relatives and to a top aideâ€™s two children since 2005.
Itâ€™s not taxpayer money; the funds come from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which is supported by private and corporate donations. Each year, each member of the caucus gets $10,000 to dole out for the scholarships. The foundation has strict anti-nepotism rulesâ€”which Ms. Johnson violated.