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Brown Rips Into Bush Administration Official
Miami Herald.com ^ | 2/25/04 | Ken Thomas/AP

Posted on 02/25/2004 4:14:57 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

MIAMI - U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown verbally attacked a top Bush administration official during a briefing on the Haiti crisis Wednesday, calling the President's policy on the beleaguered nation "racist" and his representatives "a bunch of white men."

Her outburst was directed at Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega during a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill. Noriega, a Mexican-American, is the State Department's top official for Latin America.

"I think it was an emotional response of her frustration with the administration," said David Simon, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Democrat. He noted that Brown, who is black, is "very passionate about Haiti."

Brown sat directly across the table from Noriega and yelled into a microphone. Her comments sent a hush over the hourlong meeting, which was attended by about 30 people, including several members of Congress and Bush administration officials.

Noriega later told Brown: "As a Mexican-American, I deeply resent being called a racist and branded a white man," according to three participants.

Brown then told him "you all look alike to me," the participants said.

During the meeting, Brown criticized the administration's response to the escalating violence in Haiti, where rebels opposing President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's government have seized control of large parts of the country.

After her comments about white men, Noriega said he would "relay that to (Secretary of State) Colin Powell and (national security adviser) Condoleezza Rice the next time I run into them," participants said. Powell and Rice are black.

A State department spokesman did not return a phone message.

U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach, who organized the meeting, called the comments "disappointing."

"To sit there and browbeat this man who is a Mexican-American and call him names, it was inappropriate," Foley said.

Brown has criticized the detention of Haitian migrants fleeing their country and the freezing of millions of dollars in aid over flawed 2000 legislative elections in the impoverished Caribbean nation. In a statement Wednesday, she made parallels to the disputed 2000 election in Florida.

"It simply mystifies me how President Bush, a president who was selected by the Supreme Court under more than questionable circumstances (in my district alone 27,000 votes were thrown out), is telling another country that their elections were not fair and that they are therefore undeserving of aid or international recognition," Brown said.

Participants at the meeting included eight members of Florida's congressional delegation, U.S. Reps. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; John Maisto, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States, and Adolfo Franco, an assistant administrator with the U.S. Agency for International Development.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bunchofwhitemen; corrinebrown; haiti; racistdemocrats; rantingrats
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1 posted on 02/25/2004 4:14:58 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
who is black, is "very passionate about Haiti."

Only when a Republican is president.

2 posted on 02/25/2004 4:16:30 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Brown then told him "you all look alike to me," the participants said.
If a Republican said this, reporters would hound the Press Secretary and/or Bush for a comment at every opportunity.

And if he repudiated the comment, they would push it for a stronger response. None would be satisfactory.

Wonder how the media will handle Kerry?

3 posted on 02/25/2004 4:17:34 PM PST by William McKinley
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
For emphasis: U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown verbally attacked a top Bush administration official during a briefing on the Haiti crisis Wednesday, calling the President's policy on the beleaguered nation "racist" and his representatives "a bunch of white men."

... and...:

Noriega later told Brown: "As a Mexican-American, I deeply resent being called a racist and branded a white man," according to three participants.

Brown then told him "you all look alike to me," the participants said.

Will this foul, disgusting creature be given the Trent Lott treatment by the liberal media, however? Oh, NOOOOOOOOOOO...

4 posted on 02/25/2004 4:17:47 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Give em enough rope and they will hang themselves.
5 posted on 02/25/2004 4:17:49 PM PST by Rome2000 (JIHADISTS FOR KERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
this the same biotch who refused to wish R.R. a happy birthday? What a shock. Ignorant. Hateful. And a friggin idiot to boot.
6 posted on 02/25/2004 4:17:50 PM PST by KantianBurke (Principles, not blind loyalty)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Brown is a racist.
7 posted on 02/25/2004 4:18:01 PM PST by atomicpossum (Only Hillary Will Lick Bush in '04!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
TIME TO SEND HER TO GITMO>!
8 posted on 02/25/2004 4:18:14 PM PST by KQQL (@)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Brown then told him "you all look alike to me," the participants said.

Pfffttt!

9 posted on 02/25/2004 4:18:14 PM PST by PRND21
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
If I lived about five blocks to the east, she'd be my representative. Thank God she isn't.

She's so bad that, even though she is in a minority-access district, the GOP candidates consistently get about 40% of the vote against her.
10 posted on 02/25/2004 4:18:53 PM PST by Celtjew Libertarian (Shake Hands with the Serpent: Poetry by Charles Lipsig aka Celtjew http://books.lulu.com/lipsig)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Brown then told him "you all look alike to me" no racisim there
11 posted on 02/25/2004 4:19:04 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"Brown then told him "you all look alike to me," the participants said."

If you're caucasian, don't even think about trying to get away with this one.

12 posted on 02/25/2004 4:19:07 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"I think it was an emotional response of her frustration with the administration,"

Translation: "Don't print anything that my boss says. Ignore it."

13 posted on 02/25/2004 4:19:24 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
can someone please post her email address
14 posted on 02/25/2004 4:20:02 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: William McKinley
Proves (once again) that the biggots are on the Left.
15 posted on 02/25/2004 4:20:10 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Apparently black Americans identify more closely with black Haitians than their fellow white Americans. It's all about race, all the time. Relentlessly.
16 posted on 02/25/2004 4:22:55 PM PST by clintonh8r (Vietnam veteran against John Kerry.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Welcome to the New World Order.

We will have Order out of Chaos.
17 posted on 02/25/2004 4:23:09 PM PST by lodwick (Wake up, America!)
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To: SF Republican
District Offices Jacksonville Office
101 E. Union Street, Suite 202
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 354-1652
Fax: (904) 354-2721

Orlando Office
219 Lime Avenue
Orlando, FL 32802
(407) 872-0656
Fax: (407) 872-5763


From Gainesville call (386) 376-6476.

Washington Office
2444 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0123
Fax: (202) 225-2256

http://www.house.gov/corrinebrown/
18 posted on 02/25/2004 4:24:14 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
(in my district alone 27,000 votes were thrown out)

Yeah. From U.S. servicemen and women.

19 posted on 02/25/2004 4:25:49 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"a bunch of white men."

Quesque c'est, mon ami?
Ah, les honkies!!

20 posted on 02/25/2004 4:26:10 PM PST by John Beresford Tipton
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
President Bush's statement is an exact repeat of Bill Clinton's statement the last time Haiti erupted into anarchy.
21 posted on 02/25/2004 4:27:08 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Isn't it time for this ummm 'lady' to step down or be removed?
22 posted on 02/25/2004 4:27:16 PM PST by Broadside Joe
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To: clintonh8r
Apparently black Americans identify more closely with black Haitians than their fellow white Americans. It's all about race, all the time. Relentlessly.

Yeah, because of course Rep. Brown speaks for me because we have the same color of skin, even though 1) She represents a small region in Florida, I don't even live in the state, 2) She wants to coddle Haitian boat people, I don't want mass numbers of Haitians or anyone else invading our country by land or sea.

I guess she is not the only one thinks "they" are look alike?

23 posted on 02/25/2004 4:28:05 PM PST by LWalk18
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To: SF Republican
Call the US Capitol and ask for her office........1-877-762-8762........let her know what you think.
25 posted on 02/25/2004 4:29:02 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Broadside Joe
bump
26 posted on 02/25/2004 4:29:09 PM PST by Francis McClobber
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To: SF Republican
Her website is www.house.gov/corrinebrown.
There is an email link on the site.
27 posted on 02/25/2004 4:30:04 PM PST by Truth29
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To: John Beresford Tipton
No call for that crap here.
28 posted on 02/25/2004 4:30:07 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Corrine Brown is an idiot and an embarrassment to my city (Jacksonville, FL). She runs around ranting about this and that, throwing the race card at every opportunity. I believe she just might be Jesse Jackson's great grandmother (old sea hag).
30 posted on 02/25/2004 4:35:01 PM PST by Dixie Pirate
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To: John Beresford Tipton
Yeah, the same.
31 posted on 02/25/2004 4:37:15 PM PST by buffman
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To: atomicpossum
"...his representatives "a bunch of white men."

Sure sounds like it.
32 posted on 02/25/2004 4:41:12 PM PST by TheDon (John Kerry, self proclaimed war criminal, Democratic Presidential nominee)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
SPIT

HERE


33 posted on 02/25/2004 4:43:57 PM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: Dixie Pirate
I believe that Corrine Brown was first elected to Congress in 1992 and was one of the victims of a Spy Magazine joke. A Spy representative called Brown and asked her about the ethnic cleansing currently going on in Fredonia. Her response was something to the effect of, "That's terrible, what's going on there. We should do more to help those people." (I'm trying to quote her accurately 11-12 years later so the grammar is not good.) The answer she gave revealed her to be a phony and a total idiot. If she knew anything about which she was speaking, the correct answer would have been to brand Firefly a war criminal. (You have to be a Marx Brothers fan to get this.)
34 posted on 02/25/2004 4:44:37 PM PST by Smber (The smallest minority is the individual. Get the government off my back.)
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To: StriperSniper
Thanks for the target. Bulls eye twice. Am now wiping my screen! LOL
35 posted on 02/25/2004 4:46:12 PM PST by LuigiBasco
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To: StriperSniper

The last time I saw something that looked like that, I was twelve years old and watching an episode of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters... :)

36 posted on 02/25/2004 4:48:28 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Participants at the meeting included eight members of Florida's congressional delegation, U.S. Reps. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif.;

I wonder if Maxine was embarrassed for her; I doubt it - probably jealous she didn't do the popoff.

37 posted on 02/25/2004 4:50:16 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Gay marriage is for suckers...)
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To: yonif
The great stain maker fixed Haiti didn't he?
38 posted on 02/25/2004 4:51:41 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Smber
I love that one! Sounds like something I have to do more often...
39 posted on 02/25/2004 4:51:44 PM PST by republicanwizard
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To: Smber
Hail, Hail, Freedonia, Land of the Brave, and Free!"
41 posted on 02/25/2004 4:59:16 PM PST by atomicpossum (Only Hillary Will Lick Bush in '04!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach, who organized the meeting, called the comments "disappointing."

"To sit there and browbeat this man who is a Mexican-American and call him names, it was inappropriate," Foley said. "


What is Foley saying, that had she browbeat an Irish-American and called him names it would not have been inappropriate? I think Foley's comments were pretty "disappointing" as well. Thank God Mel Martinez will (most likely) be the GOP Senate nominee in Florida and not Closet Boy Foley.
42 posted on 02/25/2004 5:00:15 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Apparently, the Bush Administration needs to create a new Cabinet position: The Official B*tch-Slapper.
43 posted on 02/25/2004 5:01:33 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: atomicpossum
"Are you implying that she may be.....'niggardly?'"

I'm not sure.
There are several words going around in my honkie brain, tough to pick just one. Perhaps I should just do it by random.
"Eenie, meenie, minee, mo,...

I give up, they, [they words], well they "all look the same"

44 posted on 02/25/2004 5:02:09 PM PST by John Beresford Tipton
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To: John Beresford Tipton
What did you think, you...?

I think you're FOC.

45 posted on 02/25/2004 5:03:49 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: yonif
Brown is a huge crook. House ethics committee should ask her about her trips to Ghana
46 posted on 02/25/2004 5:05:29 PM PST by MindBender26 (For more news, first, fast and factual.... Stay tuned to your local FReeper station !!!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
...."disappointing.".....it was inappropriate,".....

Someone get this guy a sedative, he's getting too worked up. /sarcasm

47 posted on 02/25/2004 5:09:04 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Oh, so it's okay when a Black representative gets made at whitie and calls us names.

And it's not okay when it's the other way around?

White people are cut NO slack when they inadvertently offend someone.
48 posted on 02/25/2004 5:10:33 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: LWalk18
Get defensive if you like, but the fact is that black voters consistently elect representatives who take positions similar to (if not exactly like) Brown's. Is there a prominent, elected black official who doesn't toe the line of the CBC? Believe me, if Haiti weren't populated by blacks, Brown wouldn't give a fig about what happens there. The fact that more black Americans don't believe as you do is truly regrettable, but they keep electing the same tired demagogues.
49 posted on 02/25/2004 5:11:51 PM PST by clintonh8r (Vietnam veteran against John Kerry.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Congress: America's Criminal Class: Part I

Rep. Corrine Brown and her long trail of lies, deceit and unpaid bills

* Part II -- Rep. Jim Moran: Virginia's bombastic Congressman
* Part III -- How Newt Gingrich took care of his own
* Part IV -- Sen. Bob Byrd: Playing the Congressional immunity game
* Part V -- A long tradition of corruption and ambivalence

By the staff of
Capitol Hill Blue

August 16, 1999

America, Mark Twain once said, is a nation without a distinct criminal class "with the possible exception of Congress."

If anything, the Congress of today is even worse than it was in Twain's time more than a century ago.

The 535 men and women who make up the House and Senate of the United States include, at best, a collection of rogues, con artists, scofflaws and bad check artists. At worst, they comprise, as Twain once observed, a distinct criminal class.

Over the past several months, researchers for Capitol Hill Blue have checked public records, past newspaper articles, civil court cases and criminal records of both current and recent members of the United States Congress (since 1992). We have talked with former associates and business partners who have been left out in the cold by people they thought were friends.

Using a scoring system developed by American Express, we ran credit checks on members and applied the financial and criminal record scoring procedures used by the Department of Defense to determine eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance.

All checks were made through public records. Our researchers were not allowed to break any laws or misrepresent themselves to obtain this information.

What emerges from this examination is a disturbing portrait of a group of elected officials who routinely avoid payment of debts, write bad checks, abuse their spouses, assault people and openly violate the law.

They include current Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla), whose trail of bad debts, lies to Congress and misstatements to the Internal Revenue Service have spawned a number of investigations. Then there is Rep. James Moran (D-Va) whose wife has charged him with abuse, who has assaulted other members of Congress on the floor of the House and is a former stockbroker whose judgment in trades is so bad he is broke from poor investments. The list also includes Joe Waldholtz, a con man and husband of former Rep. Enid Greene Waldholtz (R-UT) who kited more than a million dollars in bad checks and ended up in prison.

Others, like former Ohio Senator John Glenn, have driven creditors into bankruptcy because of unpaid debts left over from aborted Presidential campaigns. Even millionaire Senator Ted Kennedy has left a trail of unpaid debts from past campaigns.

In recent years, members of Congress have gone to jail for child molestation, fraud and other charges.

Our research found 117 current and recent members of the House and Senate who have run at least two businesses each that went bankrupt, often leaving business partners and creditors holding the bag. Seventy-one of them have credit reports so bad they can't get an American Express card on their own (but as members of Congress, they get a government-issued Amex card without a credit check).

Fifty-three have personal and financial problems so serious they would be denied security clearances by the Department of Defense or the Department of Energy if they had to apply through normal channels (but, again, as members of Congress they get such clearances simply because they fooled enough people to get elected).

Twenty-nine members of current and recent Congresses have been accused of spousal abuse in either criminal or civil proceedings. Twenty-seven have driving while intoxicated arrests on their driving records. Twenty-one are current defendants in various lawsuits, ranging from bad debts, disputes with business partners or other civil matters.

Nineteen members of current and recent Congresses have been accused of writing bad checks, even after the scandal several years ago, which resulted in closure of the informal House bank that routinely allowed members to overdraw their accounts without penalty. Fourteen have drug-related arrests in their background, eight were arrested for shoplifting, seven for fraud, four for theft, three for assault and one for criminal trespass.

Over the next five days, Capitol Hill Blue will take a closer look at some of the more notorious members of America's Criminal Class - the Congress of the United States. We will not run lists of every member who has written a bad check, punched somebody out or been charged with slapping a spouse. Rather, we will examine those whose pattern of behavior suggests a blatant disregard for both law and propriety.

Part I: Rep. Corrine Brown - running on a record of fraud

In just seven years in Congress, Rep. Corrine Brown has eluded creditors, filed false financial disclosure reports and lied to the Internal Revenue Service.

"She cons people, pure and simple," says Sheryl Wilson, a former travel agency owner in Tallahassee who knew Brown. "I don't think she has an honest bone in her body."

Rep. Brown has a poor memory when it comes to remembering her business dealings. The financial records that every member of Congress is required to file shows the Jacksonville, Florida Democrat failed to disclose the $40,000 sale of her Tallahassee travel agency and improperly reported the sale of her Gainesville agency. And she has omitted other required details from her reports.

Brown has left a trail of unpaid bills from businesses she owned in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Tallahassee during the early 1990s.
In 1994, a consortium of airlines sued Brown for $94,000 in because her company, Springfield Travel Agency Inc., falsified sales reports and did not pay its bills. Delta Air Lines revoked her authority to write tickets because of an unpaid $7,237 bill. She also owed $5,697 to the University of Florida and tried to pay part of the bill with a bad check.

The IRS also went after Brown for $14,228 in unpaid taxes and the Whirlpool Corp. had to go to court to try and collect $10,227 in unpaid bills for appliances.

In addition, the House ethics committee is investigating Brown over her dealings with an African millionaire who was imprisoned on bribery charges. Two committee investigators went to Miami recently to interview witnesses for that case.

Brown not only avoids personal responsibility for her financial dealings, but also routinely violates congressional rules and the law.
Members of Congress are required to file reports to reveal any potential conflicts of interest. As a member of the House aviation subcommittee, Brown oversees the very airlines that sued her for unpaid bills.

But Brown not only fails to truthfully report transactions involving her travel business, she also spends money she never reports and buys expensive homes and other items even though she is deeply in debt. Although she recently paid $25,000 for a down payment on a $300,000 townhouse, those who know her say they have no idea where she got the money.

"Somebody is always bailing her out," says a former staff member. "You can bet the money came from sources nobody wants to discuss."

Members who file incomplete or false reports face criminal charges under federal law. Republican George Hansen of Idaho went to prison for 11 months in 1984 and paid a $40,000 for failing to report more than $300,000 in loans and profits.

Last year, Brown's daughter received a $50,000 car from a close associate of the African millionaire who faces bribery charges.
Brown's financial dealings show a long, consistent record of deceit.

In 1985, she started a travel agency, Springfield Travel, while serving as a Florida state legislator. Papers she filed with the Florida Department of State, listed two prominent state legislators as her vice presidents-Reps. Doug "Tim" Jamerson of St. Petersburg and James Hargrett of Tampa.

But Jamerson or Hargrett say didn't know they were affiliated with her company until years later.

"I was somewhat surprised to learn I was even on the board," said Jamerson, now a Tallahassee lobbyist. "It would have been nice to have been asked."

Brown opened the agency's first office in her hometown of Jacksonville and started a second office in Tallahassee where she spend most of her time while serving in the Legislature.

Brown often used the agency to take advantage of the free trips offered to travel agents.

"She was always getting tickets to Aruba and places like that," former employee Ed Curry told The St. Petersburg Times.

But while Brown was running off to Aruba on free trips, creditors were calling to ask why they weren't getting paid.

Brown occasionally paid her employees in cash or wrote personal checks to cover payroll, Curry said. More than once, the paychecks bounced.

Brown also failed to pay unemployment taxes to the state. The State Department of Labor filed a $353 state tax lien against the company. As of last week, the lien had not been paid.

Even though she couldn't pay her bills, Brown sought to expand her company in 1991.

Barnett Bank gave her a $10,000 loan, but could never get a full accounting of how it was spent. At the same time, Brown started a new company, Springfield Enterprises, which she said would resell appliances and seafood.

Whirlpool Corp. filed suit against Springfield Enterprises for an unpaid $10,227 bill, saying Brown bought more than a dozen large appliances and didn't pay for them. Brown finally paid the bill after the company obtained a judgment.

But Brown was busy opening other businesses. In February 1992, she opened Gator Travel at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Seven months later, she was five months behind in her rent and owed the university $7,066. The IRS also filed a lien against Springfield Travel for $14,228 in unpaid taxes. Brown, who was running for her first term in Congress, was busy looking for someone to buy the travel agency.

Two buyers-Melvin Stith, dean of the Florida State University business school, and Edward Scott II, a Tallahassee dentist, paid her $40,000 for the agency, according to a contract filed with the state. Brown did not report the sale on her mandatory congressional disclosure, which required her to list sales of all assets worth more than $1,000.

The cash allowed her to make payments on some of her debts. The University of Florida got a personal check for the overdue $8,479 bill. The IRS withdrew the lien against her in March 1993.

But Brown was soon in trouble again

In February 1993, she wrote the University of Florida a check for $1,413 - partial payment for a $5,600 bill.

The check bounced.

A month later, Delta Air Lines revoked her authority to write tickets because of an unpaid $7,237 bill, a move that effectively put her travel agency out of business (Delta was the primary airline serving Gainesville).

Enter three Miami businessmen who were willing to take over her failing travel agency.

Emilio F. Torres and his partners at Douglas Executive Travel agreed to pay Brown's overdue rent to the university and take over the agency, but the transition to Torres' company took more than six months because Brown owed the airlines so much money. Finally, the airlines seized Brown's official ticketing plates and Torres was allowed to take over the lease.

Brown, however, lied about the transaction on her financial disclosure reports to the House of Representatives. Her 1993 report claims Torres bought her agency for an amount between $50,000 and $100,000. Since then, her reports claim she is owed $50,000 to $100,000 by Torres and his partners.

But Torres never bought Gator Travel. He just assumed the lease.

"We didn't buy anything from her," he says. "I don't owe her anything."
State records support his claims.

Torres also did not pay Brown's overwhelming unpaid debts to the airlines.

The Airlines Reporting Corp., a consortium of the airlines that handles ticket transactions with travel agencies, filed a lawsuit against Brown in U.S. District Court in Washington in September, 1994 (while Brown was running for her second term), saying Brown failed to pay about $94,000 for plane tickets and lied about her financial transactions.
Brown eventually paid the $94,000 and the suit was dismissed.

But Brown never reported the debts on her disclosure forms. Florida state records show she signed a contract in 1992 taking personal responsibility for the bills.

Her disclosure forms also fail to show where she got the $94,000 to pay off the airlines. Her 1994 form said she didn't have enough money to make the payment.

Her latest report shows no savings accounts, no money market funds and no stocks that she could redeem. The only asset she listed is a Jacksonville condo that she rents.

Yet she still hasn't paid back the money she borrowed from Barnett Bank in 1991 and has mortgages on a $110,000 waterfront house in Jacksonville and the $300,000 Alexandria, Va., townhouse she recently bought with her daughter.

Nobody seems to know where Brown got the $25,000 down payment for the townhouse. Brown's daughter, a political appointee for the Environmental Protection Agency, said in her financial disclosure report that she didn't have any assets over $1,000.

"She's always pulling a scam on someone," says Oliver Roster of Jacksonville, who has known Brown for years. "Somebody, somewhere, got the money for her. What we don't know yet is what she had to do or promise to get it."

Brown also forgot to disclose a $10,000 check she received in 1996 from a secret Wisconsin bank account Baptist leader Henry J. Lyons allegedly used for money laundering.

The money came from a secret account in Milwaukee that is a focus of charges against Lyons. Federal prosecutors say Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA, hid more than $1 million in the account.

Brown's office did not return phone calls seeking comment on this report.

(The report was coordinated and written by Capitol Hill Blue editor Jack Sharp with assistance from researcher Marilyn Crosslyn and private investigator James Hargill.)

Tomorrow - Virginia's battling Jim Moran, the Congressmen who admits he "likes to hit people" and the former stockbroker whose trades have left him busted.
50 posted on 02/25/2004 5:12:34 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get)
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