“Maxine Waters does not drink our water, she does not breathe our air, and while she seats here in her mansion, our district is in ruins,” said Joe E. Collins, a Republican who is running against Rep. Maxine Waters for California’s 43rd district.
Collins pointed out that crime and poverty in the 43rd district have only increased under Maxine Waters’ 44 years in public office.
“I survived a drive-by shooting in this house when I was a child, gangs, drugs, violence, that was my upbringing. And where was Maxine Waters?” said Collins in his video campaign ad.
“[Maxine Waters] has a very nice community, she has a really big house – and that’s just one of three or four houses that she has. And meanwhile, she comes to the inner city and preaches the message of hatred and a message of us vs. them.”
“And when she’s done spreading the hate through our community,” continued Collins. “She goes back to this huge mansion while the rest of us live in crime-infested, poverty, neighborhoods where people are absolutely struggling to live.”
“People needed to see that. And so it was very important that we shined a light on the disparities between how Maxine Waters lives and … how we actually live.”
Do you know where I am?— Joe E. Collins III For Congress CA-43 (@joecollins43rd) October 10, 2020
Maxine Waters’ $6 Million Mansion.
Do you know where I’m NOT?
Mansion Maxine Waters doesn’t live in her District — I do.
My name is Joe Collins and I’m running for Congress against Maxine Waters.
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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