He stepped down from office just days before the sentencing phase of his trial.
Back in February, Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), was found guilty of 11 federal charges relating to fraud and bribery. Although countless voters and politicians from both parties in Texas promptly called on him to step down from office after learning about the guilty verdict, the democratic state senator, who now potentially faces decades behind bars, basically slapped voters in the face and, quite arrogantly, refused to initially resign.
“As you know, I am in the process of ensuring that justice is served,” explained Uresti in a statement released earlier this week publicizing his resignation.
“I need to attend to my personal matters and properly care for my family,” he continued, adding, “so, keeping in mind the best interests of my constituents and my family, I believe it to be most prudent that I step down from my elected office to focus on these important issues.”
Prior to announcing that he would finally be stepping down from office, Uresti, who according to some sentencing experts may actually only be sentenced to roughly eight to twelve years in federal prison even though he technically “faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the wire fraud convictions and 10 years for the money laundering convictions,” not only received a massive amount of backlash from republican lawmakers but from members within his own party as well.
For example, shortly after his conviction, Tariq Thowfeek, the communications director for democrats in Texas, told reporters, “after being found guilty of such serious crimes, Senator Uresti must seriously consider whether he can serve his constituents.”
In addition to the calls for him to resign, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) also removed Uresti from all of his various committee assignments.
“As lieutenant governor, I do not have the authority to remove Sen. Uresti from the Texas Senate but I have notified his office that he will be relieved of his committee assignments, effective immediately,” explained Patrick in a statement that was released at the time.
“I will replace him in those positions shortly so that the work of these committees can continue to move forward,” he added.
Sadly, the liberal lawmaker’s reprehensible conduct is not terribly surprising due to the fact that it’s quite common for democrats to be corrupt or unethical.
Back in April, for instance, Wisconsin state Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) was removed from her ranking position on the state’s Joint Finance Committee after an investigation found that she had not only recently went on an extremely racist tirade while at a local bank, but also engaged in blatant misconduct by retaliating against and bullying at least one of her employees. Bafflingly, though, she is still serving as a state senator despite all of this.
Several months prior to that, a jury found Ed Pawlowski (D), who used to be the mayor of a city in Pennsylvania, guilty of forty-seven criminal charges, including “conspiracy…bribery, attempted extortion, false statements to federal officials, honest services fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud” as well. Apparently, he was also convicted of changing city contracts “in order to raise money for his campaigns for Mayor.”
And a few weeks before that, Juliet Germanotta, a 36-year-old transgender democrat who was campaigning to replace Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), was arrested by police officers and charged with “third-degree grand larceny” for reportedly stealing an “18-karat yellow gold Zambian emerald and diamond ring,” valued at roughly , from a jewelry shop in New York. Apparently, after stealing the ring, she then sold it to another person, who promptly learned that it was stolen and notified the police.
Prior to the transgender candidate’s arrest, Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper (D) was also arrested by federal law enforcement officials in Florida for being unethical. Specifically, the FBI charged Cooper, who has since been suspended by Governor Rick Scott (R), with felony “campaign finance violations, official misconduct, and money laundering“ for allegedly accepting and laundering bribe money that she received to help unlawfully fund her re-election campaign.
And before that, former United States Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of probation for reportedly “lying on her tax returns and on her congressional financial disclosures,” fraud, and a few other related charges.
Apparently, Brown’s sentencing came shortly after it was revealed that she had stolen more than in charitable donations from the One Door for Education Foundation, which is “a Virginia-based group founded in 2011 that purported to solicit donations to help with things like scholarships,” between 2012 and 2016. After stealing a vast amount of money from the charity, which only gave out to those in need despite raising nearly one million dollars, she then purportedly spent it on “lavish parties, trips, and shopping excursions.”
In addition to the liberal lawmakers who’ve been caught being corrupt and unethical, multiple democrats have also been accused of engaging in sexual misconduct.
A couple of weeks ago, for example, Lisa Bloom, an attorney in California, filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Rep. Tony Cardena (D-CA), who was the “first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in the United States Congress,” accusing him of basically drugging and sexually abusing an unidentified 16-year-old girl back in 2007.
And prior to that, it was revealed that democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania apparently used roughly to settle a sexual harassment complaint against Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-PA) back in 2015. Most of the details relating to the payment, however, are currently unclear, due to the fact that the settlement included a non-disclosure agreement.
Without a doubt, all unethical and corrupt behavior must not be tolerated in elected or appointed officials. Hopefully, Uresti will ultimately end up being punished as harshly as possible to deter others from engaging in conduct that is equally reprehensible in the future.