Details revealed, but her support is unwavering. Despite charges by the ethics committee, Congresswoman Maxine Waters remains strong in the community in general and in her district in particular.
By Yussuf J. Simmonds
Sentinel Managing Editor
Details about the charges against Congresswoman Waters have been unveiled and as she has been publicly asking the committee to do and to no one’s surprise–especially her supporters and her constituents–the charges are spurious and specious–baseless and without merit. Some say, “it’s a witch hunt.”
In an effort to present her case, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) called on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to schedule a hearing and to release all documents related to her. She further stated in a letter to the Committee, “I feel strongly that further delay in the scheduling of the hearing violates the fundamental principles of due process, denies my constituents the opportunity to evaluate this case, and harms my ability to defend my integrity.” Furthermore, she also added, “I am confident that once the Subcommittee report is released and I am able to present my case, my constituents and all Americans will understand that I have not violated any House rules.”
Those who know the Congresswoman best has decried the Ethics Committee and others who, instead of taking care of the people’s business, exert time, energy and resources on these kinds of meritless, time-consuming activities. Former Congressman and Lieutenant Governor, Mervyn Dymally, having been a member of Congress, not only knows the ins-and-outs of these situations, but he also knows the Congresswoman. He said, “In my opinion the ethics charges against Congresswoman Maxine Waters are a stretch. Members of Congress are advocates for the people and institutions in their districts; and are expected to do what Congresswoman Waters did. She was not present at the meeting. She and her husband did not benefit from the grant to the bank. So what is the problem? As former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus she has my total support.”
As senior pastor of the First AME church, the oldest Black church in Los Angeles, Rev. Dr. John Hunter, has worked with Congresswoman Waters and is quite familiar with her work in the community. He said, “U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters has an impeccable record of public service and advocacy for underrepresented communities. She deserves our full support, the benefit of the doubt, and the presumption of innocence.”
Followed by Bishop Noel Jones, the senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, who said, “We view people on stage from various vantages and most fall in the same category. There is no distinction as it relates to their exception from the pack. This does not apply to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, she is so far ahead of the pack, that I can grandiloquently say there is Maxine Waters then there is the rest of us. She is in a class by herself.”
Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the New Los Angeles Watts Times Weekender, echoes some similar sentiments. “We believe these charges are designed to tarnish the good name and the reputation of Congresswoman Waters,” he said. “In spite of these empty charges leveled against her, they have not curtailed her from doing what she does and taking the courageous stand on issues relevant to her constituents. Who else would appeal to the treasury on behalf of minority banks and businesses? Isn’t that what we sent her to Congress to do–to fight for her community? Neither she nor her husband has benefited from her actions on behalf of minorities banks.”
The controller for the City of Los Angeles, who has known Congresswoman Water for many years and has worked with her added, “Congresswoman Waters has been a leader in our community for decades and someone I’m proud to call a friend. She has stood up and fought to create jobs for Angelenos and ensure that we get our fair share of federal funding. She has been–and will continue to be–a true champion for justice.”
Those who know her best and have worked with her are in the best position to comment on her character, and the individuals named above are only an inkling of her support, but a clear demonstration of a well-liked and respected, person and congresswoman.