Skip to comments.Kerry, Senate Secretary Facing Ethics Complaint
Posted on 06/17/2004 6:21:22 AM PDT by jmstein7
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) met with Secretary of the Senate Emily Reynolds Wednesday to discuss ethics complaints stemming from his prolonged absence from the legislative body while he campaigns for president. Kerry and Reynolds were spotted by Congressional staffers slipping into one of the many antechambers of the Capitol where the pair likely reviewed options for dealing with the complaints filed against both of them.
A complaint filed by Hofstra law student Jonathan Stein accuses Reynolds of willfully violating a federal statute that requires her to make deductions from Kerry's Senate paycheck for his absences. Kerry is also named in the complaint for knowingly accepting salary to which he is not entitled.
The issue was first raised in a March 2004 letter to Reynolds from American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene who requested that she enforce the statute concerning Kerry's salary. Reynolds responded to Keene's letter, refusing to enforce the statute because her predecessors had not done so in other cases.
Stein points out in his complaint that the failures of others who previously held Reynolds' position could not establish precedent since the statute clearly says that the Secretary of the Senate "shall" make the appropriate deductions. Stein contends that the language used in the rule is unequivocal and mandatory, allowing no instance for exception or discretion.
Stein also believes that Sen. Kerry, who holds a license to practice law, should be "held to a higher standard of legal conduct than the ordinary citizen, as it is [his] job and role to know, interpret, and promulgate the law."
Stein suggests that the Ethics Committee direct Kerry to return funds he was overpaid and decline to accept future illegal payments from the federal treasury.
Stein told Talon News that Robert Walker, Chief Counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, confirmed receipt of his letter of complaint. He also said that Walker did not indicate if or when the committee might take up the matter.
The Hofstra law student told Talon News that he decided to file the complaint in the interest of "preserving the rule of law."
Having recently completed coursework on constitutional law, he says that he is exercising his First Amendment right to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Stein says that the law in this matter is "absolutely clear" and lawmakers cannot consider themselves above it.
Kerry has voted only 14 times out of the Senate's 112 votes this year, a record Stein says is "egregious."
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who recently called on Kerry to resign his seat, citing his dismal attendance record, shares that opinion.
She said, "If any of us attended our job only 13 percent of the time, we'd be fired."
Healey went on to say, "It's not fair, it's not right, and the public is not being well served."
"I'm calling on John Kerry to resign so that we can fill that office with someone who is 100 percent devoted to the job of representing the people of Massachusetts," Healey added.
More good news.
Move along, nothing to see here. Go back to the NY Times/Washington Post.
Kerry Ethics Investigation BUMP!
I wonder if Drudge will pick this up?
What's the chances of getting other Mass residents to file a similar suit?
Kerry and Reynolds were spotted by Congressional staffers slipping into one of the many antechambers of the Capitol where the pair likely reviewed options for dealing with the complaints filed against both of them.
Boy, thats pretty weak evidence there.
Other than that, its a fine article.
Gee, if Kerry resigned, he would have to be supported by his elderly sexy wife.
Kerry Ethics Investigation BUMP!
It's res ipsa loquitur -- i.e. Kerry and Reynolds had no other reason to try to meet in secret but for that reason.
Unless there is some "sex" abuse, the military, and a prison involved, this is a non-story.
We can count on Hatch, McCain, Hagel, Lugor, Collins, Snow, and Spector to lead the protection movement.
Kerry Ethics Investigation BUMP!
will go nowhere
Excellent work!!! Keep after this SOB.
I'm not saying that's not what they discussed, I'm saying there is no evidence that that is what they discussed.
Kerry has ethics?
If this were about someone other than a Senator, wouldn't this be a federal fraud offense?
I understand. But, it's the only logical explanation, right?
Hofstra is in NY, and is this student is therefore one of Hitlary's constituents. You don't suppose her hand was in this?
That's not what I've heard from the horse's mouth. More on that tomorrow :)
Maybe .. but it will be a thorn in his side :0)
Take a look past just this year .. Kerry still has a bad habit of not showing up for work
Yes, I'm pretty sure that that is certainly what they discussed, I'm just saying that they're the only two who can confirm it, and neither ever will, of course.
Kerry's Ethics has to be one of the greatest oxymoron statements of our time.
I was in West Virginia a couple of weeks ago, the same time the Kerrys were there. Ms Heinz-Kerry was being interviewed by a local Charleston reporterette on TV. The following exchange took place.
Reporterette: "So, Ms Heinz-Kerry, what do you think of when you hear the name West Virginia."
Ms Heinz-Kerry: "Pittsburgh!!"
Lord, help us.
Way to go jm! Let's keep this rolling.
Don't be so sure.
If Reynolds is worth more than $500 Million, Kerry might have found her attractive.
Not real ethics! Senate ethics. It's one of those 'nuance' things.
Ms Heinz-Kerry: "I think of how elderly and sexy I am!"
F&F had the MA Lt Gov on this morning.
No. This student is our own jmstein7, quite a little activist. I've written many a fax and called many people at his posts urging.
The federal government doesn't follow the law? Imagine that!
More evidence that the democrat party leadership disdain the common citizen and ignore the truth of who is the sovereign, for whom do these elected 'officials' work. To democrats, they are the rulers the voters are the subjects, subjects to be manipulated, lied to, commanded, and/or generally ignored except when seeking to herd their vote.
Oklahoma recently punished some state employees for paying "ghost employees". Ghost employees being people on the state payroll who had no real job. Never showed up for work. Just received income because of the good ole boy system. That sounds like Kerry. "John F Kerry aka The Ghost Senator"
Good gosh. How many people would get paid if they were AWOL from their job for over a year?
"...it's the only logical explanation, right?"
Wrong. In your mind it's the only LOGICAL explanation, but that doesn't cover all possibilities. Your statement cannot be supported.
To democrats, they are the rulers the voters are the subjects, subjects to be manipulated, lied to, commanded, and/or generally ignored except when seeking to herd their vote.
Whatever. Easy for you to be an armchair critic, isn't it? Why don't you take all your built-up anger, aggression, cynicism, and sarcasm and do something productive?
Stir, stir, stir...
jmstein7 also did an awesome job raising this on 770 WABC a couple of weeks ago on Mark Levin's show.
Hopefully, Mark will pick this up and help get this important issue out to the public.
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