Ethically challenged California Congressman John Doolittle announced earlier today that he will not seek re-election in November.Ã‚Â Doolittle, who has represented the eastern Sacramento area since 1991, has come under scrutiny for his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.Ã‚Â In February of last year Doolittle was forced to give up his seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee after the FBI raided his Virginia home.
When the “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington”Ã‚Â announced “The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress” Doolittle made the list.Ã‚Â Two of his fellow Republicans on the list, Duke Cunningham and Bob Ney, are currently serving time in federal prison for felony convictions surrounding their activities in Congress.
With yet another ethically challenged Republican choosing not to seek re-election that got me thinking about Santa Ana’s version of an ethically challenged Republican, Carlos Bustamante.Ã‚Â Gustavo Arellano at the OC Weekly has written a series of articles this week that chronicle Bustamante’s shady ethical behavior.Ã‚Â Arellano’s articles on January 6, January 8, January 9Ã‚Â and today January 10Ã‚Â clearly demonstrate that Bustamante is very astute at the “pay for play” politics that have become the trademark of the Republican’s in recent years.
Bustamante, whoÃ‚Â was recently appointed Ã‚Â by the Governor to the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, has continually shown that he is willing to payback political favors to donors and supporters.Ã‚Â As I reportedÃ‚Â earlier this week Bustamante continues to push for a $1.5 million gentrification project in order to appease one of his supporters, French Park bigot Debbie McEwen.Ã‚Â Besides this and the apparent conflicts highlighted by Arellano, Bustamante also pushed the city of Santa Ana to waste over $150,000 on the purchase of big screen televisions from another one of his donors.
The public is growing ever tired of the crooked and corrupt politicians that are in our government.Ã‚Â Seeing folks like Ney and Cunningham going to prison and others like Tom DeLay and Doolittle step down gives us hope that some of the bad apples are being removed.Ã‚Â We need to see this type of clean-up at the local level as well.Ã‚Â Bustamante is clearly tap dancing along the line of legal and illegal behavior with his actions on the Santa Ana City Council.Ã‚Â Perhaps the California Attorney General or the Fed’s should take a closer look at Carlos, his donors/supporters and his votes on the council.
In the interim we should all lobby the California State Senate who will be voting on his nomination to the state commission.Ã‚Â Art Pedroza over on the Orange Juice was kind enough to provide a listÃ‚Â of those Senators phone numbers and email addresses who will be considering the Bustamante nomination.Ã‚Â I urge you all to contact them and tell them that you don’t believe Carlos Bustamante is worthy of this appointment.Ã‚Â Besides his questionable ethics, Carlos is a vocal opponent of affordable housing and an enemy of the poor.Ã‚Â Is this really the type of person we want on the Fair Employment and Housing Commission?
Lets hope that Bustamante’s conscience will get the best of him and he like Doolittle will not seek re-election in November.Ã‚Â However I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen, so I hope you will all join me in supporting whoever his opponent is.Ã‚Â Lets send all the corrupt and ethically challenged Republican’s packing.