Thursday, September 23, 2010

BlackAmericans Looking for New Representation in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC - Timothy F.Johnson, Chairman and Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, today ledthe charge for new representation in leadership and an end to a continual cycleof black candidates who fail to fulfill their promises to constituents anduphold their oath of office.

"Serving in Congress is not aright," Timothy Johnson said. "It is a privilege granted by the people - notspecial interest groups. Like other incumbents, members of the CongressionalBlack Caucus are not exempt from being purged from the ranks this November."

Several black Democrats face ethicsviolations and criminal charges and remain under investigation.

Representatives Sanford Bishop andEddie Bernice Johnson both awarded coveted Congressional Black Caucus scholarshipsto family members. A House panel is preparing to accuse CaliforniaCongresswoman Maxine Waters of at least one ethics violation in her efforts tohelp a bank with ties to her husband.

After serving in Congress for fortyyears, Charlie Rangel faces 13 ethics violations for various violations,including failure to report rental income and mismanagement of Congressionalstaff and resources. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. faces personal andpolitical allegations, including an affair with a DC nightclub mistress and newevidence linking him to Rod Blagojevich's plan to sell President Obama's U.S.Senate seat.

"These members of Congress aretruly corrupt, and their time in Washington is up. We've had enough of thesecriminals who are embarrassing our communities and we can no longer allow themto serve.

"Each of these members of Congressface strong opposition this November. Not only are we supporting theirRepublican opponents, we are beginning 40 days of prayer leading up to electionday, beginning today, September 23. I call on all Christians across the countryto join us in removing these criminals from office and ushering in a new waveof representation for blacks in Washington."

For each day's prayer, please

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