Warren Hit With Ethics Complaint [OPINION]
On Monday, The Washington Times reported that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is the subject of a Senate ethics complaint alleging that she and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) may have violated fundraising rules by seeking campaign donations ahead of their votes to oppose the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The Times says Warren and Harris may have been in violated of the rules:
"While voting and then asking supporters to back that decision with cash is common, the watchdog group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), says asking for money ahead of time crosses the line into vote-buying."
The story has pretty much gone unreported since breaking on Monday. Warren's opponent, Republican Geoff Diehl, dropped the bomb about three-quarters of the way into Tuesday night's debate on WCVB Channel 5. The panel consisted of three reporters, two from WCVB and one from the Boston Globe. They never mentioned it. This is a BFD, no?
What was more amazing is that an obviously shaken Warren pretended to not know anything about it. She thought she was going to get through the debate without the issue surfacing. She almost did.
Warren has been confronted with another question about her integrity. Will the press pursue the matter now? Somehow I doubt it.
Three cheers to WCVB's Ed Harding for posing the one tough question posed to Warren all night: "Will you complete your full six-year term if you are re-elected?" A stuttering, stammering Warren laughed her way through a non-answer, making it abundantly clear that her full attention for the next two years will be devoted to her campaign for president and not the people of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts deserves much better than Elizabeth Warren.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.