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Kerry, Senate Secretary Facing Ethics Complaint
Talon News ^ | 6-17-04 | Jeff Gannon

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.


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KEYWORDS: awol; catholiclist; ccrm; ethicscommittee; jonathanstein; kerry
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And the plot thickens...
1 posted on 06/17/2004 6:21:23 AM PDT by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7

More good news.


2 posted on 06/17/2004 6:24:17 AM PDT by GailA (hanoi john kerry, I'm for the death penalty, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: jmstein7

Move along, nothing to see here. Go back to the NY Times/Washington Post.


3 posted on 06/17/2004 6:25:40 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Jeff Gannon; Carl/NewsMax; kattracks; bert; diotima; Bob J; Jim Robinson; Libertina; ...

Kerry Ethics Investigation BUMP!

I wonder if Drudge will pick this up?


4 posted on 06/17/2004 6:26:02 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: jmstein7

What's the chances of getting other Mass residents to file a similar suit?


5 posted on 06/17/2004 6:27:23 AM PDT by GailA (hanoi john kerry, I'm for the death penalty, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: jmstein7
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, that’s pretty weak evidence there.

Other than that, it’s a fine article.

6 posted on 06/17/2004 6:28:07 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: jmstein7

Gee, if Kerry resigned, he would have to be supported by his elderly sexy wife.


7 posted on 06/17/2004 6:28:25 AM PDT by hgro
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To: jmstein7
May I assume you are the Jonathan Stein in the article?
If so, WELL DONE!!
8 posted on 06/17/2004 6:28:38 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; aft_lizard; Old Sarge; USAF_TSgt; darkwing104; Steel Wolf; The Sailor; ...

Kerry Ethics Investigation BUMP!


9 posted on 06/17/2004 6:29:03 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: dead; Mich0127

It's res ipsa loquitur -- i.e. Kerry and Reynolds had no other reason to try to meet in secret but for that reason.


10 posted on 06/17/2004 6:29:59 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: jmstein7

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.


11 posted on 06/17/2004 6:30:48 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Grampa Dave; TexKat; mhking; PhiKapMom; Howlin; RonDog; Ernest_at_the_Beach; JohnHuang2; FBD; ...

Kerry Ethics Investigation BUMP!


12 posted on 06/17/2004 6:31:32 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: jmstein7

will go nowhere


13 posted on 06/17/2004 6:32:00 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: jmstein7

Excellent work!!! Keep after this SOB.


14 posted on 06/17/2004 6:32:33 AM PDT by datura (Battlefield justice is what our enemies deserve. If you win, you live. If you lose, you die.)
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To: jmstein7
A Senator has no other possible reason to meet with the Secretary of the Senate than to discuss ethics complaints against him?

I'm not saying that's not what they discussed, I'm saying there is no evidence that that is what they discussed.

15 posted on 06/17/2004 6:32:56 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: jmstein7

Kerry has ethics?


16 posted on 06/17/2004 6:33:31 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( We wait breathlessly for the al Ghorroid speech at the rat convention for al Querry!)
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To: jmstein7
Kerry is also named in the complaint for knowingly accepting salary to which he is not entitled.

If this were about someone other than a Senator, wouldn't this be a federal fraud offense?

17 posted on 06/17/2004 6:33:33 AM PDT by kevkrom (Reagan lives on... as long as we stay true to his legacy)
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To: dead

D,

I understand. But, it's the only logical explanation, right?

-J


18 posted on 06/17/2004 6:33:39 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: Grampa Dave

LOL!


19 posted on 06/17/2004 6:33:54 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: GailA

Hofstra is in NY, and is this student is therefore one of Hitlary's constituents. You don't suppose her hand was in this?


20 posted on 06/17/2004 6:34:25 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading this in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: Sub-Driver

That's not what I've heard from the horse's mouth. More on that tomorrow :)


21 posted on 06/17/2004 6:34:43 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: Sub-Driver
will go nowhere

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

22 posted on 06/17/2004 6:34:43 AM PDT by Mo1 (That's right Old Media .... WE LOVED PRESIDENT REAGAN)
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To: jmstein7

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.


23 posted on 06/17/2004 6:35:14 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: kevkrom

Yup.


24 posted on 06/17/2004 6:35:15 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Kerry's Ethics has to be one of the greatest oxymoron statements of our time.


25 posted on 06/17/2004 6:35:31 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( We wait breathlessly for the al Ghorroid speech at the rat convention for al Querry!)
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To: dead

Agreed.


26 posted on 06/17/2004 6:35:37 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: hgro
...supported by his elderly sexy wife.

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.

27 posted on 06/17/2004 6:35:50 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: jmstein7

Great news!


28 posted on 06/17/2004 6:35:50 AM PDT by b4its2late (Hillary, it is bad to suppress laughter; it goes back down and spreads to your hips.)
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To: jmstein7

Well done.


29 posted on 06/17/2004 6:36:14 AM PDT by Petronski (Ronald Reagan: 1015 electoral votes.)
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To: jmstein7

Way to go jm! Let's keep this rolling.


30 posted on 06/17/2004 6:36:19 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: jmstein7
Kerry and Reynolds had no other reason to try to meet in secret but for that reason....

Don't be so sure.

If Reynolds is worth more than $500 Million, Kerry might have found her attractive.

31 posted on 06/17/2004 6:36:20 AM PDT by Republic If You Can Keep It
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To: hgro

LOL


32 posted on 06/17/2004 6:36:42 AM PDT by Petronski (Ronald Reagan: 1015 electoral votes.)
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To: Republic If You Can Keep It

LOL!!!


33 posted on 06/17/2004 6:36:42 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Kerry has ethics?

Not real ethics! Senate ethics. It's one of those 'nuance' things.

34 posted on 06/17/2004 6:37:09 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading this in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: ladtx
Reporterette: "So, Ms Heinz-Kerry, what do you think of when you hear the name West Virginia."

Ms Heinz-Kerry: "I think of how elderly and sexy I am!"

35 posted on 06/17/2004 6:38:34 AM PDT by Petronski (Ronald Reagan: 1015 electoral votes.)
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To: jmstein7

F&F had the MA Lt Gov on this morning.


36 posted on 06/17/2004 6:38:39 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (30 Aug 1945, American troops occupy Tokyo. 187th Airborne Infantry Reg't. "Rakkasan!")
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To: COBOL2Java

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.

Great job.


37 posted on 06/17/2004 6:40:12 AM PDT by Republican Red (I actually did vote for the 87 BILLION... before I voted against it.)
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To: jmstein7

The federal government doesn't follow the law? Imagine that!


38 posted on 06/17/2004 6:40:30 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: jmstein7

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.


39 posted on 06/17/2004 6:41:00 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: jmstein7

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"


40 posted on 06/17/2004 6:43:19 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; tomkow6; Kathy in Alaska; bentfeather; Bethbg79; StarCMC; Old Sarge

Good gosh. How many people would get paid if they were AWOL from their job for over a year?


41 posted on 06/17/2004 6:43:41 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It is not Bush's fault... it is the media's fault!)
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To: jmstein7

"...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.


42 posted on 06/17/2004 6:47:49 AM PDT by familyofman (out of the night when the full moon is bright comes a horseman)
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To: MHGinTN
Great Summary about Rats:

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.

43 posted on 06/17/2004 6:51:06 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( We wait breathlessly for the al Ghorroid speech at the rat convention for al Querry!)
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To: familyofman

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?


44 posted on 06/17/2004 6:52:24 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: jmstein7

Stir, stir, stir...


45 posted on 06/17/2004 6:52:47 AM PDT by abner (FREE THE MIRANDA MEMOS! http://www.intelmemo.com or http://www.wintersoldier.com)
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To: abner

LOL!


46 posted on 06/17/2004 6:53:11 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original intent of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: jmstein7

BUMP!


47 posted on 06/17/2004 6:53:50 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: jmstein7
Great Work Jon!

jmstein7 also did an awesome job raising this on 770 WABC a couple of weeks ago on Mark Levin's show.

48 posted on 06/17/2004 6:54:04 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: jmstein7
"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.

As though Kerry has ever been 100% devoted to serving anything except his own self-interest.
49 posted on 06/17/2004 6:55:41 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: True Capitalist; holdonnow; davidtalker; Baynative; B Knotts; California Patriot; BlkConserv

Hopefully, Mark will pick this up and help get this important issue out to the public.


50 posted on 06/17/2004 6:56:21 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound to the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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