For weeks I’ve pushed the story of Carlos Henriquez as a national story.
I pointed out his arrest in July 2012 when he was charged with kidnapping and assaulting a woman at the height of the War on Women meme in the national & Elizabeth Warren campaign…
…the national media was not interested.
I pointed out on the radio he was convicted of the Assault charge in January with the judge specifically warning him that when a woman says no it means no,
…the national media yawned.
I linked to a story pointed out that he refused to resign and continued to work out of his jail cell
…the national media was more interested in Huckabee saying “libido”
…the national media still considered it a local story, nothing to do with the war on women.
The NAACP, New England Area Conference (NEAC), respectfully requests that the Massachusetts House of Representatives abstain from voting in the matter of the expulsion of Representative Carlos Henriquez, expected to come before the House today. In the alternative, Members of the House are asked to vote against the expulsion of their colleague.
Seriously, the NAACP, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the country is going to bat for Carlos Henriquez? Why on earth would they do this?
There are two basis on which NEAC makes the request. Firstly, the matter of expulsion is premature since Representative Henriquez’s case is under appeal. The House of Representatives must respect the Massachusetts judicial process and let Representative Henriquez’s case before the Appeals Court proceed, without jumping to judgment before the appellate decision is rendered.
Seriously? A conviction isn’t good enough, he has to lose the appeal as well. Cripes with a good set of lawyers to delay the process he could stay long enough to become speaker.
Secondly, while NEAC respects the jury’s decision, there is currently no rule for expulsion that applies to misdemeanor convictions. Representative Henriquez was duly elected by the electorate and there is no legal basis upon which the House of Representatives can properly act.
So there is no specific rule for expelling a member of the Massachusetts House if they assault a women who refuses them sex. That’s seriously the argument the NAACP is making?
Let’s forget for a moment how this symbolizes the fall of the NAACP as a civil rights organization that this letter illustrates and look at this simply in terms of news.
I know I’m just a blogger & radio talk show host, but it seems to me that the NAACP actively working to make sure a democrat convicted of assaulting a woman who refused him sex is something that would not only be Immediately be recognized as Newsworthy, but given the “War on Women” meme would elevate this to a national story.
Oh and if you claim to be a feminist & aren’t outraged by this, then you’re lying to yourself.
Update: (Sunday) Delayed Instalance this morning, Hi all, It’s worth noting that the WSJ linked yesterday someday it might provide the traffic Glenn does.
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