Rep Maxine Waters, (D-CA) is a longtime member of the House of Representatives. She used her press conference Friday to begin making her case to the voters that she is wrongfully charged with ethics violations. Her grandson was by her side and performed a PowerPoint presentation on her behalf. Her grandson is her Chief of Staff. Yes, her grandson is her Chief of Staff.
As a full throated member of the Bush Deranged Syndrome chorus, she turned her corrupt - allegedly - self on the former President as the cause of her woes.
The California Democrat said in a Capitol Hill news conference -- an event rarely held during a congressional recess -- that she reached out to then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in late 2008 when his department failed to respond to the National Bank Association's request for a meeting.
"The question at this point should not be why I called Secretary Paulson, but why I had to," she said. "The question at this point should be why a trade association representing over 100 minority banks could not get a meeting at the height of the crisis."
But the House ethics committee, which is investigating Waters for allegedly improperly using her position for personal gain, says in its report of charges that when the meeting was held, the officers of only one bank came -- OneUnited.
Clearly, there is a conflict of interest with Waters' husband, Sidney Williams and the bank for which she is in a questionable relationship. Sidney Williams, served as a member of OneUnited's board of directors from January 2004 until April 2008, and was a stockholder in the bank.
Waters would like us to believe it is not all about her - that it is about access and minority owned banks. "It's about access for those who are not heard by decision makers, whether it's having their questions answered or their concerns addressed", she told Politico. Waters is of the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton school of racial politics.
You may remember when Maxine Waters threatened the CEO of Shell Oil with " This liberal will be all about socializing, er....." until she caught herself and then said the government will be running "all your companies". This was during the hearings in Congress over high fuel prices and John Hofmeister, the threatened man, was heading Shell at the time. Now he is a successful author of an excellent read about the bedeviled Big Oil - "Why We Hate the Oil Companies".
The arrogance is apparent.