In the last five years, at least 80 state lawmakers have been indicted or convicted in political scandals. An ABC News investigation found lobbyists and large corporations are turning to state legislators for favorable contracts and legislation.
In an attempt to look at the ethics and behavior of these state lawmakers that control nearly a trillion dollars and taxes and spending, ABC News sent five young graduate school journalists into the field. At the gathering of more than 1300 staffers and politicians in Louisville, Kentucky, ABC News found behavior “that could be best described as unbecoming.”
Taking advantage of the flowing booze and loud music, one legislator from Puerto Rico was caught on camera “groping and kissing” a female student journalist.
In the video, Rep. Jorge Navarro Suarez can clearly be seen holding an alcoholic beverage and placing his cheek on the student’s cheek. She appears to decline his advances and he backs away.
In a statement, Navarro denied any misconduct by saying he moved close to the student to better understand her because the music was loud and he doesn’t speak english well.
Another lawmaker was seen threatening a student journalist with a golf club when cameras caught him skipping a good government seminar to play golf with a lobbyist.
Gene Rose, a spokesperson for the National Conference of State Legislatures, denied that the group had any connection with the private events in which the questionable behavior occurred.
“NCSL does not sponsor, endorse or otherwise encourage participation in events outside of our schedule,” she said.
This video is from ABC News, broadcast Oct. 18, 2010.
‘This is how he gets us killed’: American Jews and allies horrified after Trump blurts out anti-Semitic trope
President Donald Trump blurted out another anti-Semitic trope during his brief press availability Tuesday in the Oval Office.
Trump has been having a kind of holy war with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), two of just three Muslim officials in Congress. When speaking to the press Tuesday, he claimed that Jews have no business supporting Democrats because they're anti-Semitic. But then he took it a step further.
After getting caught having sex with former congregants, Franklin Graham’s nephew launches new church based on ‘redemption’
Tullian Tchividjian insists that when he had extra-marital affairs with congregants at his former church, they were "consensual" and not an abuse of power. Nevertheless, he's getting a second shot with the upcoming launch of his new church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, The Christian Post reports.
“I don’t care what role a person has, a consensual relationship between two adults is not abuse. And some of these people will try to make the case that, ‘Well, because you’re in a position of authority, it is abuse,’” Tchividjian, who is the nephew of evangelical figurehead Franklin Graham and the grandson of famed evangelist Billy Graham, told the Palm Beach Post this weekend. “And I’ll go, ‘OK I can see how that has been and can be used by people in those positions.’ ... [But] that just was not true for me. I was not abusing my authoritative role to try and find women.”
Trump: ‘Any Jewish people’ who vote for Democrats have ‘a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty’
President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the majority of Jewish American voters of having "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty" because they support Democrats.
While discussing Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) during a talk with reporters, the president said he couldn't imagine any Jewish American voting for the Democrats due to the congresswomen's comments about Israel.
"I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said.