It’s not just newspapers across the Golden State dubbing 3-term Senator Barbara Boxer an ineffective representative of our state, now congressional watchdogs are calling the career politician’s transparency into question:
Boxer, as chairwoman of the Senate Ethics Committee, led a yearlong investigation beginning in 2008 into whether two Democratic senators acted improperly by being part of a VIP Countrywide program that gave influential clients favorable treatment.
At that time, Boxer told reporters that she had not been a part of the company’s VIP program and did not currently have any Countrywide mortgages. She did, however, volunteer to news outlets that, in the past, she had paid off two Countrywide mortgage home loans.
But one watchdog group says she wasn’t disclosing enough. According to extensive research provided to The Daily Caller by the non-partisan Foundation for Ethics in Public Service, Boxer conducted business with Countrywide on another property too — as co-signer of a house with her son. The group argues that if you add up all the transactions, including re-finances, on those three properties, Boxer has actually signed for at least seven Countrywide mortgages.
Leslie Merritt, the executive director of the watchdog group, said Boxer was “less than candid, if not lying” about her dealings with Countrywide by not disclosing more.
What is it with Boxer and he son? First, she steers hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars his way. Then, she moves tribal legislation benefiting the young man. Meanwhile, Boxer’s committee cleared Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Kent Conrad of North Dakota under investigation for wrongdoing.
Guess the Democrats tapped this Senator to chair the committee because they knew she would look out for her partisan cronies. Instead of looking out for her fellow partisan, Merritt said the 28-year Washington veteran, “should have also recused herself from participating in the investigation to avoid any appearance of impropriety on her part”.Recuse herself? Of course not? She wants to go down fighting for her fellow Democrats!
If it weren’t for that (D) after her name, the MSM would take an interest in this story. There’s more smoke here than there was in the much ballyhooed stories about the finances of then-Republican Leader Bill Frist.
Barbara Boxer has failed to be effective, she has failed to be transparent. She’s just failed as a Senator.
This time, let’s pick a candidate who, at least according to her critics,“has campaigned with a vigor and directness that suggests she could be effective in Washington”. Support Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate!