Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is being accused to ethics violations by two former aides:
Two former aides to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have alleged that he repeatedly violated House ethics rules.
Deanna Maher, a former deputy chief of staff in Conyers’s Detroit office, and Sydney Rooks, a former legal counsel in the district office, provided evidence for the allegations by sharing numerous letters, memorandums and copies of e-mails, handwritten notes and expense reports with The Hill.
In letters sent separately by each woman to the House ethics committee, the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office, they allege that Conyers demanded that aides work on several local and state campaigns and forced them to baby-sit and chauffeur his children. They also charge that some aides illegally used Conyers’s congressional offices to enrich themselves…
…Among Maher’s allegations:
• In 2002, Conyers’s aides in D.C. were sent to Detroit to help his wife, Monica, win a state Senate seat. While she lost that election, she won a seat last year on the Detroit City Council.
• On June 2, 2003, Conyers forced Maher to spend a day campaigning for Keith Williams, who won a seat on the Wayne County Commission. She became fed up and drove off after going door to door to distribute campaign literature for a few blocks.
• Carol Patton, a legislative counsel on Conyers’s personal staff, was hired in 2003 to help Williams and to help JoAnn Watson in her bid for Detroit City Council. Patton still works for Conyers and earns more than $44,000 per year, according to the 2005 House statement of disbursements.
• In a Dec. 22, 2004, letter, Maher said Conyers staffer Melody Light “conducts her law practice (charging legal fees) out of the congressional office. … She has in effect hung out her shingle on [Conyers’s] office door.”
Maher and Rooks said that Conyers tasked staffers in his district office with taking care of his two young boys, John and Carl.
This does not surprise me. The entitlement mentality is alive and well among the Democrat members of the US Congress:
A former staffer who has worked for two House Democrats said, “This type of behavior is so prevalent, the unofficial duties that members require you to do off-the-record. Most staffers are subjected to this unfair treatment. It’s the great untold story on Capitol Hill.”
Anklebiting Pundits also posted about Congressman Conyer’s troubles and points out this bit of hypocrisy:
The Cranbrook School that Conyers kid attended has a tuition of $17,000.00 per year (which rises to $21,000 per year for high school).
Funny how Conyers is opposed to school vouchers but apparently has no problem using taxpayers dollars (which fund his staff) to help his own kids – who just happen to go to private school. What’s a matter John, the public schools in your district not good enough? Hypocritical bastard. He refuses to give his constituents the chance to send their kids to the same schools as his kids attend.
Rep. Conyer’s children attend an elite academy while his constituents are forced into the educational disgrace of the Detroit Public School System.