Rob Andrews, swamp dweller


Remember when Nancy Pelosi promised to “drain the swamp” in Congress? Yeah, me neither. So imagine my surprise when the House Ethics Committee announced on Friday that their investigation of Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) has born fruit.

The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced it has extended its investigation into Rep. Rob Andrews over allegations that the New Jersey Democrat misused campaign funds to take private family trips.

The secretive panel also released a lengthy report from the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) detailing the allegations, including charges that Andrews tapped tens-of-thousands of dollars in campaign funds to cover a 2011 trip to a wedding in Scotland, as well as multiple visits the same year to Los Angeles with his daughters.

Although Andrews has argued that the trips were political in nature – both the groom featured in the Scotland wedding and his daughters, he said, were volunteer campaign aides – the OCE alleges otherwise.

At the June 2011 Edinburgh wedding, the OCE said Andrews “engaged in no political activity, gave no political speeches, raised no campaign funds, and did not discuss his campaign with [the groom, Scott Street] or any member of Representative Andrews’ campaign staff.”

Surrounding the Los Angeles trips, the OCE found that “his daughters’ airfare, meals, lodging, and other potential expenses were all paid for by his congressional campaign committee.”

“Representative Andrews provided testimony that his daughters acted in a volunteer campaign staff role while there, a claim not supported by the evidence obtained,” the 244-page OCE report added.

New Jersey used to have a crusading U.S. Attorney who put crooked politicians in jail. Now we’ve got Paul Fishman, a Democratic Party hack who sees no evil when it comes to his cronies and friends of Barry.

The pattern of Democrats who abuse their campaign funds is unmistakable. And unprosecuted.

Sharpe James. Joe DiVincenzo. Jon Corzine. And now Rob Andrews.

Paul Fishman’s U.S. Attorney’s office was AWOL each time.

On the plus side, he’s johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to the scourge of illegal kidney sales, so there’s that.

And really, it’s completely understandable that if your resources are devoted to keeping organ donation honest, a little political corruption might not be such a high priority.

I mean, it’s not like Republicans are misusing campaign funds.

—-
Cross-posted from WyBlog.us. Follow me on Twitter @WyBlog.

Also see...


Tags assigned to this article:
CorruptionDemocratsRob AndrewsUS Congress

Related Articles

31

Today’s Democrats and Slaveholders

In his seminal and ultimately destructive majority opinion in the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford, Chief Justice Roger Taney

18

Wisconsin Democrats To Offer A 100+ Amendments To Gum Up The Works

But the Donkey Weasel Party isn’t doing it for an substantive changes, oh no. They just want to delay the

2

Sports Illustrated’s ‘Racist’ Swimsuit Issue

Everything is racist these days. Even the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, apparently. At least that is the latest tempest in