Democrat candidate for Sheriff suggests killing people to take their guns — Bloomberg moms laugh, applaud

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In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, Buncombe County, North Carolina, DemocratSheriff candidate R. Daryl Fisher suggested to a group affiliated with Michaels Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action that he would have no problem killing defiant law-abiding gun owners to take their firearms.

“What about people that already had weapons? Well, I’m gonna tell you now, don’t buy into the scare tactics, don’t believe the scare tactics, because you’ve heard people say ‘You’ll have to pry my guns from my cold dead hands,’” he said.

“OK, he shrugged to delighted laughter and applause.

Here’s the video:

His comments angered a number of people, prompting Fisher to respond on Facebook:

This post is for all of the people who have posted false information about my position on proposing sensible gun legislation as a candidate for Buncombe County Sheriff. As a citizen, human being, and Candidate for Sheriff, I would like to recommend the following legislation:
Ban the sale of high capacity magazines;
Ban the sale of any mechanism that will allow a weapon to fire in rapid succession;
Raise the age to purchase any weapon to age 21;
And ensure proper background checks are done for purchase permits.
These are sensible measures and are a big step at protecting our communities. Stop pointing fingers and bring solid and sensible solutions instead of spreading false information and propaganda.

Fisher also claimed his statement was a “joke” in another Facebook post:

The crowd laughed and I made a joke. I admit the joke was a mistake and I should not have joked. But I go on to relay that the government cannot take away any guns or any items that were legally sold before any new laws take effect. To do this would be unconstitutional because that would constitute what is called an ex post facto law. Responsible gun owners have nothing to worry about. We have to do something different because what has been done is not working.

A “joke?” Seriously?  Killing gun owners is now a joke?

Writing at Oathkeepers, David Codrea observed:

What he’s obscuring is that law enforcement officials can be extremely influential in persuading lawmakers to act, and as sheriff, he would enthusiastically enforce citizen disarmament edicts. That he would take an oath to the Constitution seems not to trouble Fisher, as there are evidently no citizen disarmament laws he would refuse to issue to his subordinates or to obey himself.

He would enthusiastically enforce forbidding citizens old enough to serve in the military or the “unorganized militia” of U.S. Code from purchasing guns. He would ban standard capacity magazines for everyone (except the “Only Ones”), along with any firearm that has “some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia [or] is any part of the ordinary military equipment, or that its use could contribute to the common defense.”

Fisher’s “joke” didn’t sit too well with many.

The only joke is you and the idea that you should have any kind of public leadership position. You’re a fascist. If you get elected people need to make it impossible for you to function,” one person said on Facebook.

 I saw the video where you laughed about taking guns from people by force. That can’t be explained away. So your oath as a police officer means nothing and your oath as a sheriff, if your county is unfortunate enough to vote you in, will mean nothing. Which means you are a hypocrite and a liar and not worthy to wear a badge,” another person said.

The actions in which you advocate in your comment to the moms demand action is the surest way to plunge this country in to the next civil war sir are a mental midget who should be precluded from holding the highest law enforcement job of your county …I hope the voters in your county defeat you in a stellar fashion or better yet why don’t you just withdrawal from the race and save them the trouble and you the humiliation,” a third person added.

Fisher’s Facebook page was hammered with a number of similar comments.

Codrea further said that Fisher is “one of three Democrat candidates out of a field of seven,” and Buncombe County “is the only Democratic bastion in western North Carolina” and it went big for both Obama and Hillary.

“They’ll be ‘OK’ with a badged gun-grabber,” he concluded.

Exit question: Does foul-mouthed teen demagogue David Hogg approve of this message?

H/T Gateway Pundit,

Retiring Democrat Representative CAUGHT Laundering $430K Budget Funds!

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In the wake of Al Franken‘s resignation, another Liberal Representative turned out to be crooked till the neck which is a clear indicator showing that no matter who it is, it is a Democrat Representative you can freely suspect him for criminal or at least illegal activities.

As more and more Representatives are caught guilty of various crimes, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has been funneling campaign money on his wife’s name lying that she is an office manager.

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

“Retiring Dem Rep. Gutierrez Paid Wife $430,000 From Campaign Funds Over Past Seven Years
Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), who announced last week that he will not seek reelection after spending 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, will no longer be able to pay his wife hundreds of thousands of dollars from campaign funds once he officially departs from Congress.

Soraida Gutierrez, his wife, has collected more than $430,000 from Gutierrez for Congress, Luis’s campaign committee, since 2010. Soraida is the top recipient of expenditures this year.

Soraida, who was a registered lobbyist in Illinois prior to appearing on the campaign’s payroll, has been listed as the campaign’s office manager, fundraiser, and treasurer for the past seven years.

Gutierrez’s campaign committee has reported $77,838.69 in operating expenditures from the beginning of January to the end of September. Soraida has received seven checks for $6,000 each—or $42,000 total—during this time, meaning that she has collected more than half of his campaign’s disbursements.”

This says everything about the corruption and illegal activities amongst Democrat Representatives that has spread like a virus during Obama’s Presidency.

Only now we see how crooked they really are and how deeply they were connected to one another. No wonder why they were backing each other so much, they are all in this together so they are going down together, in a pile.

Another Democrat “Rising Star” Indicted in $803,000 Fraud, Embezzlement Case

The Daily Caller Reports: A Democrat running for a Virginia seat in the U.S. House of Representatives was charged with fraud, embezzlement and theft in relation to payments made to a nonprofit in 2012.

Shaun Brown, 58, appeared in front of a judge Friday and claimed all charges that have been brought against her were false. Brown also said she is going to continue to fight the charges until they are all dropped, Fox News reportedMonday.

Brown reportedly received $803,000 from a nonprofit organization she created. The money was said to be for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. Prosecutors have said they believe Brown received that money by filing false reimbursement claims with the Virginia Department of Health.

Brown and her mother filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Virginia Department of Health in December saying the departments delayed payments and falsified reimbursements due to their race, saying this happened because they are black Americans. The two, who started the nonprofit together are seeking $10 million in their lawsuit.

Even though Brown is suing the government, prosecutors have said Brown had her employees to raise the number of meals served to low-income children, in order for her nonprofit to keep the extra money. Brown has even admitted there are problems with her non-profit, according to The Daily Press.

“I want the irregularities corrected,” Brown said. “I want to see the program improve.”

Although Brown is facing these serious charges she still plans on running for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Brown lost a race for the same seat to a Republican in 2016 by 23 points.

Brown is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 12 and is said to plead not guilty.


BREAKING: Democrat State Busted In Sneaky Scam To Hide 100,000 Illegals

The beauty of American politics is that all we need is a majority to right a wrong. Sure, there are some loopholes and people who believe that the system is broken, but basically, the majority gets to decide things. This was set up for the purpose of keeping the government from scamming people. It’s easy to convince a few people that your idea is right, but it’s hard to convince the majority unless the idea is really good.

Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has had so very many bad ideas that they are starting to run out of voters will buy what they’re selling. That provides them with a problem: how do they get votes, while simultaneously frustrating the voters with their unsustainable policies.

Enter illegals. No really, illegals are entering, and the Democrats are helping them, basically buying their votes. Not only do they advocate for the rights of illegals to remain in the country, but allow those same non-citizens to live off of our welfare and other special programs. Now, as the plan progresses, we’re discovering that hundreds of thousands of illegals (that we know of) are being put on voter registries. American Conservative Heraldreports that these illegals names were found voting in Pennsylvania:

“We know that Democrats will do anything to win elections. Even violate the very ethics of our democratic republic.

In numerous states, people aren’t even required to show proof of identity before voting. They can pretend to be anyone, so long as the name is registered. You can’t tell me people aren’t exploiting that to steal elections.

We often hear of other forms of voting fraud, including using the names of registered deceased voters to sneak in another vote. But one state took it much too far. It has admitted to letting 100,000 non-citizens register to vote. This means that a large group of people have the power to sway elections, who aren’t even American citizens.

The state is not one you’re thinking of.”

From Breitbart:

“More than 100,000 non-U.S. citizens are registered voters in Pennsylvania, according to testimony contained in a lawsuit demanding that the state admit its problems when it comes to non-citizen voting…

“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about non-citizens registering and voting — that ends today,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

Of the more than 100,000 non-citizen voters in Pennsylvania, one city commissioner found in September that at least 90 of those non-citizens registered to vote cast ballots in Philadelphia. Hundreds more non-citizens who did not vote were also on the voter rolls.’

They are following a scheme used by other liberal states like California. They lowered the bar, allowing non-citizens who renew their driver’s licenses the right to register to vote. There’s just one big problem: being allowed to drive in the U.S. is not the same as legal citizenship.

This is an obvious attempt at voter fraud. No non-citizen, even a legal immigrant, should be allowed to vote in an U.S. election. Would I be able to vote in Canada, simply by getting a driver’s license there? Of course not. Why should it be any different in America?

News of this fraud comes after liberal, Pennsylvania judges re-created the congressional election map, which now gives Democrats a distinct advantage. Clearly, Democrats are doing anything to steal the state from legal, voting citizens. Whether inside the law or outside of it, they will violate our democracy to have their way.

News is spreading that other states are also joining in this ridiculous practice, including New Jersey, Virginia, and Texas.

So, when are we going to say we’ve had enough? The time is now to stop this before illegals take over our country for good.””

America is basically the frog in a pot of water that has been being heated slowly for decades. If we were to hear this story about any other country, where millions of people were migrating in, not integrating, and getting increasingly aggressive with their demands, we would call it for what it was; an invasion. America is slowly but surely agreeing with illegals that we’re totally OK with them taking our country over.

When a debate like this comes up, someone inevitably brings up the fact that America is a country of immigrants, and they’re right. However, we became a country of immigrants because of a desire to allow everyone to experience this amazing way of life. However, it’s not a right, it’s a privilege.

We have the right to say who enters and who doesn’t, and part of the path to citizenship requires that immigrants familiarize themselves with the framework of our government. Anyone who does that will be able to easily recognize that the Democrats’ platform is completely unsustainable, and shouldn’t be supported. That’s one of the reasons that illegals are vital for the continuation of the DNC’s agenda, and why we should fight to keep our right to vote sacred.

Source: American Conservative Herald,

House Votes 52-9 To Expel Sleazy Democrat For Sex Scandal In Liberal State

It is almost becoming laughable the number of Democrats that are being caught in scandals and crimes after years of pretending to take the moral high road. For years, we have heard the left claim how they are the paradigm of morality and that it is the Democrat party that stands for women right’s and so forth. Well, that is going to be a hard sell in the future for these faux do-gooder’s since most of their party now stands accused of sexual misconduct and corruption that can land many of them behind bars.

Over the last several months, the Democratic Party has faced one sex scandal after another, and it does not appear to be stopping anytime soon as these liberal politicians are being discovered for the perverts they are. Just in the last several months, two top Democrats Senator Al Franken and John Conyers were caught embroiled in disgusting sexual behavior that prompted them to resign from their political positions in power.

And, now just before the dust has settled another explosive sex scandal has emerged involving another Democrat that has the left reeling and another seat up for grabs after being expelled from office.

After Donald Trump won the election last November, the Democrat party has been in shambles as Democrat leaders desperately trying to pull itself back together again. With the 2018 midterm elections looming in not so far off distance, sexual misconduct scandals have rocked the Beltway resulting in numerous resignations, and now a stunning expulsion from office.
Rep. Steve Lebsock

Rep. Steve Lebsock from the ultra-liberal state of Colorado was just voted overwhelmingly to be expelled from office after numerous women have come forward with claims that this sleazy representative sexually assaulted them. The allegations are so horrible that it is entirely possible that Lebsock may serve jail time, and that is not all.

Here is more from Conservative Tribune:

“The Colorado State House voted overwhelmingly Friday to expel a Democrat member accused of sexually assaulting at least five women.

Fellow Democrats led the charge in a 52-9 vote in favor of the expulsion of Rep. Steve Lebsock, marking the first expulsion to occur in over 100 years, KDVR reported.

“We, as a general assembly, have responsibility to police our own, to hold our own to high level of accountability,” Democratic Majority Leader KC Becker, who introduced the legislation to expel Lebsock, said previously.

Five women accused Lebsock of sexual harassment and making repeated unwanted sexual advances.

State Rep. Faith Winter alleged that Lebsock grabbed her arm while she tried to leave a bar two years ago, described various sexual acts and grew angry with her when she refused to go home with him.

Lebsock has denied all the allegations.

“The last months have been awful. I have taken public attack, after attack, after attack while I have patiently stood by waiting for due process to take its course,” Winter told her colleagues during the hearing.

“Today is not about sex. It is about power.”

Some Republicans voiced concerns about whether due process had been afforded to Lebsock during the allegations and hearings.

However, many believed Lebsock abused his power in an effort to prove his innocence and retaliated against the victims by handing out a document that detailed the sex life of one of his accusers and other personal information.

Right before he was expelled, he quickly changed parties, according to his tweet.”

And, of course, the reactions on Twitter were priceless!

It is about time that these Democrat creeps hiding in power are exposed for their dirty deeds against women. For too long the left has claimed that they are the champions of women’s right, but that will be a hard sell for the upcoming midterm elections.

Now, this stunning revelation could prove to be good news for the Republicans who are running for office in the state of Colorado who may now just have a shot they need to slow the progressive liberal policies ruining the country on a daily basis.

It is about time that these sexual deviants in the Democrat party are exposed for their nasty behavior, but there is still one that needs to be held accountable for his actions, and that is Bill Clinton. The Democrats can continue to say they are sorry for their behavior and resign from office, but until Bill Clinton does it, the Democrat party will only stay mired in their own filth.

Source:Conservative Tribune,

Democrat Voter Fraud: Pennsylvania Court Discovers 100,000 Non-Citizens Registered to Vote

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According to testimony submitted Monday in a lawsuit by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, Pennsylvania officials have admitted over 100,000 non-citizens have been registering to vote in the state.

The PILF argued that non-citizens have been voting in Pennsylvania for decades. That problem has been evident in other states the organization has worked with. Those states include New Jersey and Virginia.

State officials have previously stonewalled PILF requests for access to the data that could expose the problem.

Democrat Voter Fraud: Pennsylvania Court Discovers 100,000 Non-Citizens Registered to Vote

PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams stated:

“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about non-citizens registering and voting. That ends today.”

Adams said the state already admitted that it allowed non-citizens renewing their driver’s licenses to have the opportunity to register to vote.

The American Thinker explains:

J. Christian Adams, a former federal prosecutor, through his work with the Public Interest Legal Foundation, is leading an effort to expose the extent of aliens voting in federal elections. For unexplained reasons, the officials are stonewalling release of official data. It appears that they have evidence already that should alarm everyone concerned with election integrity. This had far more influence than any Russian ads on Facebook.

February 26, 2018: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit today against the Pennsylvania Department of State for failing to disclose a reported 100,000 noncitizen registered voter records under federal law (PILF v. Torres et. al. 1:18-cv-00463).

In summary:

The Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) refused the PILF’s rights to inspect or be furnished documents related to non-citizen registered voters either reporting their own unlawful activities or discovered thanks to a joint study with the Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The latter effort has reportedly revealed 100,000 cases of non-citizens currently registered to vote in the Commonwealth. The DOS’ actions constitute an apparent violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

A core concern for the lawsuit stems from a report by City of Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 2017, which detailed how a DOS/PennDOT study of noncitizen driver’s license holders matched records belonging to roughly 100,000 current voters in the statewide registration database.

The DOS/PennDOT study was triggered in September 2017 after Pennsylvania officials admitted to a “glitch” that offered voter registration opportunities to all PennDOT customers regardless of citizenship status since the 1990s. Prior to the study, election officials only took actions to remove ineligible noncitizens from the rolls after they self-reported their statuses. A full accounting of how many registered and voted remains unclear due to the DOS’ intentionally limited transparency.

“For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about non-citizens registering and voting—that ends today,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Before this lawsuit, the State admitted to a ‘glitch’ that exposed thousands of driver’s license customers to voter registration offers despite their non-citizen status since the 1990s. The Secretary of State abruptly resigned. DOS officials blocked federal public inspection rights. The PILF hopes to finally get answers about the true scale of non-citizen voting in Pennsylvania and assist lawmakers in crafting reforms that fix it.”

While Pennsylvania refused PILF record requests, the group did manage to obtain data from some counties, and found several curious cases.

One man, Felipe Rojas-Orta, cancelled his registration last year, filing a handwritten note saying he was not a citizen. He had, however, registered as a Democrat and voted in three separate elections, including most recently 2016, the year of the presidential race.

In addition, one woman had her registration cancelled in 2006 as a non-citizen. She then re-registered to vote twice and cast ballots in some elections. That woman, a registered Democrat, is still active in the system, the lawsuit says.

Another woman voted in 2008 and 2012. She had her registration cancelled in 2014 because she wasn’t a citizen. She then re-registered and voted in 2016, according to documents filed in court. She was registered as a Democrat.

“Time has run out on the Pennsylvania’s effort to hide embarrassing data about how the State failed citizens and immigrants alike,” said PILF’s spokesman Logan Churchwell. “The electorate deserves an informed debate on how we address unlawful noncitizen participation in our elections. Seeking this information is step one.”

Voter fraud has been rampant.

Trump disbanded the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Jan. 3 and asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings.

It will determine the next courses of action. The Commission was plagued by infighting, multiple lawsuits and push-back from many states. Slowly but surely, the information is coming through.

Democrat Scandal: California Gun Control Senator Yee Heads to Prison: Gun Trafficking

Democrat Scandal: California Gun Control Senator Yee Heads to Prison: Gun Trafficking

California Democrats are speechless as they watch their prized Sacramento gun control senator, Leland Yee, head to prison for weapons trafficking, accepting bribes, and extorting money.

“The crimes that you committed have resulted in essentially an attack on democratic institutions,” Breyer told Yee, who nodded as the judge addressed him. “This is a serious, serious injury to a governmental institution.”

Breyer called his involvement in that crime “hypocritical” and “unfathomable” given his past advocacy for gun control.

Democrat Scandal: California Gun Control Senator Yee Heads to Prison: Gun Trafficking

The judge gave him 30 days to surrender to the U.S. Marshal’s Service, which will turn him over to the federal prison system. Yee’s lawyer asked the judge to recommend the sentence be served at the federal prison in Taft in Kern County.

The 67-year-old Yee had risen steadily in the ranks of Bay Area politics since the late 80s. His career began when he was elected to the San Francisco School Board.

Prior to becoming a state senator, Yee was also a California State Assemblyman. Yee was Supervisor of San Francisco’s Sunset District and was a member and President of the San Francisco School Board. In 2004 Yee became the first Asian American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore. He was the second highest ranking Democrat of the California State Assembly.

Yee was arrested by the FBI on March 26, 2014 on charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking. Specifically buying automatic firearms and shoulder-launched missiles from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. MILF is an Islamist extremist group located in the southern Philippines.

Yee attempted to re-sell those weapons to an undercover FBI agent. He went further to accept a $10,000 bribe from an undercover agent. This in exchange for placing a call to the California Department of Public Health regarding a contract at the organization.

Former California State Senator Leland Yee admitted this week that he accepted bribes and extorted money.

He acknowledged accepting $11,000 in exchange for setting up a meeting with another state senator, $10,000 for recommending someone for a grant, and $6,800 for providing a certificate on California state senate letterhead honoring the Ghee Kung Tong.

Overall, government officials identified more than $100,000 in bribes directed at Yee during the investigation.

He also acknowledged that he discussed helping an undercover FBI agent buy automatic weapons from the Philippines. They were intended to be brought to the US for distribution.

In a lengthy sentencing memo, prosecutors outlined what they saw as a pattern of bad behavior by Lee that went far beyond the charges he pleaded guilty to.

His dishonesty in the early stages of the investigation, they wrote, “demonstrate a venal attitude toward his position as an elected public official and a willingness to abuse his position of trust in any number of ways. They also reveal a disconnect between the face that Yee puts out to the public and his true nature and character. They necessarily cast a shadow over his career as a public servant and legislation he has sponsored.”

Federal prosecutors pushed for an eight-year sentence for Yee in his political corruption case, describing him in court papers as a public servant who “was willing to betray the trust of those who elected him” and “to sell his vote to the highest bidder.”

“Senator Yee abused that trust in the worst possible way,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Badger told the judge Wednesday, urging punishment above federal sentencing guidelines. “It was to retain power as a public official.”

The FBI snagged Yee in the course of a five-year probe into reputed Chinatown crime boss Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

Chow was convicted of racketeering charges in December and after a lengthy trial is awaiting sentencing.

Yee was a vocal advocate for gun control, both before and while engaged in gun running.

In 2006 Yee was named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign. It was for his efforts that included co-authoring a first-in-the-nation bill to require new semiautomatic handguns be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as micro-stamping.

In May 2012, together with Kevin de León, Yee proposed legislation to ban any semi-automatic rifle that used a bullet button that makes the rifle a “fixed magazine rifle.” SB 249 would ban conversion kits and rifles.

Yee is quoted as saying, “It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion.”


BREAKING: Democrat FISA Memo Released, PROVES Hillary & Co COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA Says Nunes

Elder Patriot – The FBI and DOJ finally cleared the House Permanent Select Committee minority’s memo for release, last night.  It was intended to neuter the shocking revelations that were contained in the so-called Nunes memo that had been released by the body’s Republican majority two weeks ago after similar vetting by those two agencies had taken place.

It did nothing but confirm the most damning facts put forth in the Nunes memo while also doing little to undermine the assertions from the Majority memo that if any collusion took place with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign it was with the DNC and Hillary Clinton.

According to Nunes who answered questions about the Dems’ memo during a visit to CPAC, it doesn’t refute the Republican memo’s assertion that the FBI used dirt paid for by the Hillary campaign and the Democrat national party and didn’t disclose it to the court.  In fact, they went out of their way not to disclose it to the court.”

Here’s the Dems’ memo:

  Democrat Memo by Chuck Ross on Scribd

Not a whole lot there other than what seems to be CYA rhetoric.  The memo does nothing to dispel the fact that the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid for the dossier that former FBI Director James Comey characterized as “salacious and unverified” after it had been used as evidence to secure a FISA warrant. 

Nor did it deny the Nunes memo assertion that FBI “Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”

That led Nunes to say:

“This is why we wanted it [the Dems’ memo] out, and it’s amazing that the Democrats would actually take part in trying to cover this up.  It’s about a cover-up.”

“Not only that, but they’re making excuses as if it was okay to use that information to get a warrant on an American citizen.  It’s flabbergasting.”

The only remaining question is are any honest Democrats left in either House of Congress?


Breaking: Another Democrat Lawmaker Found GUILTY of 11 Felonies, Could Serve YEARS In Prison

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Another Democrat caught breaking the law?

Go figure.

Check out the story of a liberal state senator from Texas.

It’s a doozy!

From Daily Wire:

On Thursday afternoon, a Democratic Texas state senator was found guilty on 11 felony charges, including “multiple counts of fraud and money laundering,” reports the Texas Tribune.

State Sen. Carlos Uresti was charged last year for his role in what authorities called a “Ponzi Scheme” involving a bankrupt oilfield services company called FourWinds Logistics. Uresti, the Texas Tribune says, “used his prestigious reputation to lend credibility to an unknown company; several investors testified that Uresti’s presence reassured them that their money would be safe with FourWinds.”

Texas Tribune has more:

“The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus is calling upon Sen. Uresti to resign his position,” said Sen. José Rodriguez, a Democrat from El Paso who chairs the caucus.

And Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Republican who presides over the Senate, said he would strip Uresti of his committee assignments.

Uresti was charged last year in connection with FourWinds Logistics, a now-bankrupt oilfield services company that perpetrated a Ponzi scheme against its investors. Uresti served as general counsel for FourWinds and owned 1 percent of the company. He also earned commission for recruiting investors, according to court documents.

More from Texas Tribune:

State Sen. Carlos Uresti, accused of misleading a former client who invested in a company in which Uresti has a financial stake, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on 11 charges over his involvement in the alleged investment Ponzi scheme, and he also faces a separate indictment alleging bribery surrounding a government contract.

In the first indictment, the federal grand jury charged Uresti, a San Antonio Democrat, with eleven counts of wrongdoing over his complicated saga involving a now-bankrupt company. The company, FourWinds Logistics, purported to sell sand used in hydraulic fracturing, a process that extracts oil and gas from shale rock, but has been accused of misleading investors and grossly misspending funds. The grand jury indicted Uresti on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; five substantive counts of wire fraud; two counts of securities fraud; one count of engaging in monetary transactions with property derived from specified unlawful activity; and one count of being an unregistered securities broker.



Cristina Garcia

Note: Some of the details in this story are not safe for work.

Cristina Garcia, a Democratic politician from California who was featured by Time Magazine as a #MeToo movement leader, is now accused of sexual harassment herself.

The state assemblywoman is accused of lewd behavior, including groping, of men she worked with. The accusations not only expose a stark example of hypocrisy, it highlights the rarely-discussed problem of female women in power abusing men who work under them.

Ironically, it appears new California legislation that protects those who come forward with sexual misconduct allegations, which Garcia championed, is now being used against her.

Garcia also spoke out about sexual misconduct allegations made against someone, who claimed they were drunk at the time. She said the influence of alcohol was no excuse. Ironically, the allegations against her may have involved her being intoxicated at the time.

The Associated Press reports.

California Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, the head of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and a leading figure in the state’s anti-sexual harassment movement, is accused of groping a male staffer from another lawmaker’s office.

Daniel Fierro told The Associated Press on Thursday that Garcia stroked his back, squeezed his buttocks and attempted to touch his crotch in a dugout after a legislative softball game in 2014.

Fierro didn’t report it at the time but in January told his former boss, Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon, who reported it to Assembly leaders. The Assembly is now investigating Garcia.

Garcia’s spokeswoman Teala Schaff said the assemblywoman learned Jan. 23 a complaint was filed but was given no details and only learned the specifics of the allegations from Politico.

“Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place,” the Los Angeles-area lawmaker said in a statement thursday. “I have zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior and such behavior is inconsistent with my values.”

The investigation into Garcia is one of many in statehouses nationwide following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against men in power since an October expose of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein by the New York Times.

Fierro said he decided to tell Calderon about the incident because of Garcia’s outspokenness in the #MeToo movement, which references the social media campaign used by millions to tell personal experiences with sexual harassment.

“If the person leading the charge on it isn’t credible it just ends up hurting the credibility of these very real stories,” Fierro told the AP.

Fierro, who was 25 at the time, said he was interviewed by an outside law firm hired by the Assembly Rules Committee last Friday. Politico also reported that a lobbyist who declined to be named claimed Garcia made crude sexual comments and tried to grab his crotch at a 2017 fundraiser.

Garcia was elected in 2012 and has carved out a name as a champion of women’s issues and environmental health for poor communities and chairs the Women’s Caucus.

Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva, co-chair of the women’s caucus, said she was “shocked and disturbed” at the allegations and she will ask the group to meet soon to discuss Garcia’s fate as leader.

Garcia’s photo was featured in Time Magazine’s Person of the Year issue on being one of the “Silence Breakers” on sexual harassment.

“I refuse to work with (Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra) and anyone who takes part in harassment or assault,” she tweeted in October after it was reported Bocanegra had been disciplined in 2009 for groping a colleague. Bocanegra later resigned after more women made public accusations.

Garcia was a fierce advocate for legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday giving legislative staff members whistleblower protections for reporting sexual misconduct or other misbehavior, speaking at a rally on the Capitol steps after its passage. She’s tweeted repeatedly about the importance of sexual consent in recent days.

Fierro and the lobbyist said it appeared Garcia was inebriated at the time of the encounters.

In a November interview with AP about alcohol-fueled fundraisers and other after-work events that are a part of regular business in Sacramento, Garcia said blaming alcohol isn’t an acceptable excuse for sexually inappropriate behavior. It’s men who chose to misbehave, not the social events themselves, that create the problems, she said.

“I would say that most of the public realizes that our job is based on relationships, and so we are expected to go out there and socialize,” she said. “I think our public also expects us to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

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