The staff at Politico and the Los Angeles Times bring us this story of the resignation of her chief of staff, David Bowser, after he was indicted on federal corruption charges for work he did on behalf of another Congressman from 2012 to 2014.
From the LA Times:
“The charges against him involve incidents alleged to have occurred in the office of former Georgia Congressman Paul Broun in 2012-2014, before Rep. Walters became a member of Congress,” the Irvine Republican’s office said in a statement Thursday morning.
The Justice Department released the indictments Wednesday, including one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count of theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.
The charges stem from Bowser’s time as chief of staff to Broun, a Georgia Republican, and allegations that Broun used official funds to pay for a campaign consultant and Bowser tried to block an ethics probe into the matter.
Prosecutors allege that Republican campaign consultant Brett O’Donnell was paid nearly $44,000 in congressional funds. O’Donnell, whose work included debate prep for Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, pleaded guilty last September in an ethics case involving Broun.”
Politico sees the story this way:
“The longtime Republican staffer was charged Wednesday with theft of government property, obstruction, “concealment of material facts,” and five counts of making false statements, including to the Office of Congressional Ethics.”
Now this begs the question, what did Rep. Walters know about her chief of staff and when did she know it? Did she really have to wait for the feds to charge her staffer with federal corruption charges and for his to resign on his own? She had to be aware of the investigation, if not from Bowser himself than certainly from other members of her staff. Why didn’t she ask him to resign before this or fire him outright?
Time for voters in this election to start asking Mimi some hard questions and demand answers for a change. Like John Campbell and Chris Cox before her, Mimi simply runs but never asks the voters for the job. She avoids debates. She’s not seen in the district except for safe, Republican-friendly events. This resignation calls into question her judgment and her own ethics. Did she protect her chief of staff until she no longer could?