With a San Antonio twist, of course . . . otherwise why would Alamo City Pundit be reporting?
ACORN, beset by troubles within (the lawsuits by former employees who were fired for reporting irregularities) and without (the ACORN Hooker Tapes as seen on Fox News; Indictments in several states pending for Voter Registration fraud, etc,. etc,) has decided to appoint it’s own board to “independent” observers to investigate themselves.
If that sentence sounded convoluted I apologize; it’s the best I could distill it down after reading contradictory and self-serving image statements from ACORN itself and trying to reconcile them.
However, as convoluted as that might be, it’s a small task when trying to distill the history of one of America’s dirtiest mayors, who’s been named to be one of the investigators of ACORN by the troubled organization itself:
In the wake of a series of embarrassing hidden-camera exposes and mounting congressional pressure to cut off its federal funding, ACORN announced on Wednesday it would immediately stop accepting new clients at its offices across the country.
Bertha Lewis, CEO of the embattled community organizing group, also said the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now would name an independent auditor and investigator to conduct a wide-ranging review of the organization.
Lewis noted that she would be assisted by ACORN’s advisory council in choosing an outside auditor, who she said would be named no later than Sept. 18.
The advisory council includes:
- John Podesta, head of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank;
- Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union; and
- former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
Realistically, that means the “Advisory Council” consists of:
- Podesta; a “Chicago guy” Obama supporter; White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, and co-chairman of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
- The Head of the sister organization of ACORN, both of whom were founded by the same man, and whom still runs the SEIU;
- And a Kennedy.
Oh yeah, THAT’s a fair and balanced group right there.
And how do we know Cisneros is on the committee? He announced it himself:
Former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros tells 1200 WOAI news he is going into the debate over the future and tactics of the community group Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now with an open mind.
Cisneros is one of the members of a commission appointed to look into ACORN’s finances and management following a series of missteps by the organization, including allegations of voter fraud, and an embarrassing revelation that ACORN staffers were willing to help an undercover couple they thought were a pimp and a prostitute evade taxes, and smuggle young girls into the U.S. from Latin America to become sex slaves.
“ACORN will be well served by having a name national figure come in and scrub them top to bottom, and tell them, you need new procedures, new safeguards, and a new culture here, because you are being entrusted with public resources.
Anyone want to bet who Cisneros will recommend for that job? Himself, maybe?
A bit of background from, again, Wikipedia on the redoubtable Henry Cisneros:
As mayor of San Antonio, Cisneros began to attract national attention for his success in developing new growth in the city’s business sector, and in ‘promoting cooperation’ among the city’s various ethnic groups. In 1984, Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale tapped Cisneros as a finalist for the vice presidential nomination, which eventually went to U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro.
Also while mayor, Cisneros had a well-publicized affair with constituent Linda Medlar. The affair did not end until 1991, when Cisneros’s wife filed for divorce.
Cisneros was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As the Clinton administration’s top housing official in the mid-1990s, Mr. Cisneros loosened mortgage restrictions so first-time buyers could qualify for loans they could never get before – contributing to the the great housing and financial crisis that began 10 years later.
In December, 1997, Cisneros was indicted on 18 counts of conspiracy, giving false statements and obstruction of Justice. Medlar used some of the Cisneros hush money to purchase a house and entered into a bank fraud scheme with her sister and brother-in-law to conceal the source of the money.
In September, 1999, Cisneros negotiated a plea agreement, under which he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of lying to the FBI, and was fined $10,000. He did not receive jail time or probation. He was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in January 2001.
He also joined the boards of a major builder, KB Home, and the largest mortgage lender in the nation, Countrywide Financial — two companies that rode the housing boom, drawing criticism along the way for abusive business practices.
He’s truly an amazing man; both for the fact that he seems to be in so much trouble constantly, as well as for the fact that his hispanic base on the west and south sides of San Antonio seem to think he can do no wrong. Truly a Kennedy-like mystique for South Texas, if you will.
So he’ll fit right into that Board to “Independent” Observers.
My grandma always used to say, “a person is judged by the company they keep.” ACORN can’t seem to disassociate itself from political insiders, union thugs, and crooked cult-of-personality politicians.