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Eddie Bernice Johnson on KRLD's Morning News

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson spoke to Mike and Mitch this morning on KRLD to explain why she gave scholarships to her relatives and friends.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice was on KRLD  this morning responding to allegations of nepotism in doling out scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Congresswoman Johnson says she accepts full responsibility and although she was Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, she was unclear about the rules of the foundation’s scholarship program.

Johnson returned about 30 thousand dollars of her own money to the foundation today. She also blames a fired disgruntled employee for turning over the scholarship information to the Dallas Morning News.

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  1. Jack Kelly says:

    I’m glad someone blew the whistle on her. Hope the voters rememder this on election day. Because she didn’t know the rules don;t cut it. She above all others should know the rules on any Caucus she is a member of. Paying back the money is like robbing a bank, then saying I’m sorry here;s the money back.

    1. Pam says:

      I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately, if the folks calling in are a representative sample of her constituents, most see her manipulating as a “mistake(…which we ALL could make,)” and keep voting her in no matter what.

      This attitude is dangerous, but not at all without precident. I am still amazed that the citizens of Massachusetts kept electing Ted Kennedy after he left the young girl to drown in the car he had driven off the bridge. Never called paramedics, but did call his lawyer (for help, I’m sure, with the wording on his TV statement.) Gosh, we all make mistakes, right?

  2. Kay Eubanks says:

    My niece used the same excuse when she was 5! My brother took her to a new store that had just opened. She stuffed a pkg of balloons under her shirt. When my brother called her on it, she said “It is a new store, I didn’t know the rules.”

  3. Larry Helton says:

    Just one more example of the people in Washington who have the idea they can get away with anything. Eddie Bernice should be put in same category as Charlie Rangel and brought before the Ethics Committee.

  4. Tom says:

    The comment “She also blames a fired disgruntled employee for turning over the scholarship information to the Dallas Morning News.” is proof that she still does not believe that she did anything wrong, that all this is not her fault, but the fault of someone else for bringing her actions to light. She is still crooked, dishonest and will continue to do underhanded deals and actions due to her still not understanding the difference between right and wrong.

  5. Will says:

    When are politicians going to stop acting like they are above the law? This “theif” should be ARRESTED AND CHARGED for stealing this 30K.

  6. Susan says:

    I am ashame that this woman is from Texas! The more she says the worse it gets. I once thought she had integrity and am now saddened by this. Unethical whether she knew the rules or not. OMG! Get her out of politics!

  7. Ron Albers says:

    Typical response from a career politicians. Play dumb to the rules, pass blame whenever you can. Why is it these criminals are never held responsible for the acts?

  8. Luis Carrera says:

    She comes from the same cut of meat as Don Hill. I have no doubt that even if she gets convicted of this theft, as Don Hill, she will never acknowledge her wrong. What a shame for her and the people that put her in office.

  9. Millie N says:

    Even IF she didn’t know the rules, isn’t she paying staff to take care of these things for her? If NONE of them know the rules about issuing scholarships, God help us if she is supposed to be taking care of other taxpayer responsibilities on a higher level! Other needy, deserving children were cheated because of her selfish dishonesty. Thankfully this travesty was revealed before elections and that we have an alternative in Rev. Broden.

  10. Suzy Donovan says:

    There has been a violation of trust here and a violation of the rules and of the law – surgery, sinus infection, broken toe, winning the lottery — what does this have to do with the fact that one’s hand has been in the cookie jar more than once. If the Black Caucus Foundation is one of high integrity and principle, then it would immediately see to it that Ms. Johnson is dismissed from her standing US.representative…immediately.It is good that she was found out and reported. Prosecution should follow.

  11. Bob Renfro says:

    And our public officials wonder why we vote certain ones out. Congressman Bermice states she was unaware of the rules, what was she doing these years in office. The guide lines should be first on the agenda to learn.
    He admitting to this is not enough. She should step down before she is voted out come the next election.

  12. Gary R Rahn says:

    Who cares if she “didn’t know the [formal] rules”! COMMON SENSE would tell anyone that you don’t use your publicly elected office to benefit your family! How stupid does she think the public is!? Any politician should know better than to benefit their family with their public actions!

  13. RAS says:

    She didn’t know the rules! People who get these jobs know better. They just want to get a few steps ahead of their kind, before someone else comes up with the next scam! SOB….
    Dallas look closer at home for the theifs

  14. Tom Looney says:

    5 stars to Ms. Johnson for owning up to her error and apologizing,and making retribution so quickly!🙂
    I NEVER thought I would see someone in politics own up to his or her mistake and not waste taxpayers money & time denying in my lifetime. Thanks again Ms. Johnson! You have giving me hope again for our officials. God Bless, Tom L.

    1. Pam says:

      (Is Looney your real name?)

      Earth to Tom: Claiming she “didn’t know” the rules (that it is wrong to give scholarships to ineligible relatives instead of eligible constituents-how can anyone not know that?) , that the reporter has been out to get her for a long time, and that the former employee hates her— IS NOT owning up; it is making phoney excuses, and it is also (your word) denying! …denying that she knew things she did know…denying the problem was nepotism and insisting it instead was a disgruntled former employee…denying that any other students didn’t get the help they needed because her relatives did. Really?

      She didn’t make retribution either…that scholarship money wasn’t hers; it belonged to the kids who should have been awarded it but had it taken from them to give to her out-of-district relatives. The fair thing would have been for the relatives to give their undeserved scholarships to the deserving kids who lost their chance to go to school because of their Representative.

      So Congresswoman Johnson has given you hope for officials—how is that? Did you feel that same hope when Bill Clinton stuck his bottom lip out for the cameras and said “…I have sinned…? Is your hope that our elected people will keep taking advantage of the people who have supported them, and then if they’re exposed, will just say, “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t know…” and we fools will just keep making nice and re-electing them to use us for their own personal gain again? If so, your hope seems to have come to fruition.

    2. jdeleon says:

      PLeaaaase, she only admitted her “mistake” when it was reported
      by the dallas newspaper…she would have continued giving money to her kinfolk for a long time…pleaaaaseeee!!!!

  15. dad says:

    If this woman is that STUPID she should surely not be holding
    a public office.

    1. Pam says:

      She is not stupid. She sure knows how to play the game well with the press and the backers. What she is is DIShonest. She has demonstrated for years (especially the Clinton years) that dealing truthfully with integrity, and even practical issues was an unneccesary burden for her. How more effective to give goodies out and smile big and say I love you all…and skirt all the dodgey stuff? It is called corruption, and it is for THAT that she should not be holding public office. They should FIRE her asap.

  16. Jason says:

    If Eddie Bernice don’t get prosecuted for what she did, it will set another bad example for other public elected official to follow. It will say that it is OK to do unethical things, just say “I am sorry” when caught and tell everyone all the other good things they have done.

  17. bea stanfield-williams says:

    JAY A LOTS OF PEOPLE WILL FEEL LIKE THE PERSON A.J
    THAT CALL THEY STUCK IN A MOLD THAT WAS HANDED DOWN THEY JUST FEEL THEY HAVE NO OTHER CHOICES WELLWE DO ITS CALL BEING RESPONDABLE VOTERS SHE SAID THE RULES WAS NOT CLEAR WELL SHE SHOULD HAVE CALL ME I COULD AND WOULD HAVE TOLD HER THAT TO NOT TO AWARD THE PEOLPE IN HER AREA THE GRANTS SHE IS IN THE WRONG ,CRIMIALLY WRONG ALSO I’M IN THAT AREA AND HAVE NEVER TRUSTED ANY OF THE PERSONS THAT HAVE BEEN ELECTED IN THE 28YR I HAVE VOTED I VOTE EVERY ELECTION THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN DALLAS THAT WAS ABLE TO IN THEY HAVE CHOICE IT’S CALL STRIAT REP.TICKET .

  18. LL says:

    PLEASE she knew exactly what she was doing-prosecute-but wont hold my breath for that to happen!!😦

  19. Jeryl Golden says:

    Does it really take rules to know that you don”t give it to your grandkids? Total lack of integrity. District 30 has no integrity if they vote this crook back into office. Textbook definition of a sleazy career politician that maintains power by dangling all the pork she brings home, in front of her constituents.

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