Maxine Waters “Poverty Pimp” Posters Rile Some
|| LA Weekly
“Street art posters describing L.A. area U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters as a “poverty pimp” have raised the ire of some in the African American community.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, says his organization received several complaints about the posters starting Friday. Over the weekend his group pulled some of the posters down. Waters herself told us, “They’ve been down. They were down the same night” they went up.
But Hutchinson says there were so many put up around her district that some of the posters remain. He says he has lodged a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission and planned to alert the Federal Election Commission, too.
A state FPPC spokesman told us this would be a matter for the FEC because the seat up for election is congressional.
Campaign advertising generally must contain disclosures about who’s behind the literature, an FEC representative told us. The poverty pimp posters contain no such information. But it’s not clear if they would be considered campaign advertising or not.
Waters is up for reelection tomorrow. Her district includes parts of South L.A., Inglewood, Lennox, Hawthorne and other South Bay communities. Her challenger is conservative John Wood.
He doesn’t appear to be a serious contender. Waters has raised more than $1.1 million for her reelection, and she has a track record of winning by wide margins. Wood’s campaign has taken in just $10,223.
The posters also contain the phrase “n——s better have my money” and the acronym T.O.S., apparently a reference to her own self-description: “this old socialist.”
The art is clearly modeled after that of L.A.’s own Robbie Conal, a onetime “hippie” known for his biting depictions of Ronald Reagan and other Republican leaders. Hutchinson said Conal has denounced the Waters posters. We tried to contact the artist but were unable to get through.
Hutchinson said he doesn’t think opponent Wood is behind the artwork. But he suspects whoever did it was well-organized.
The posters were placed outside Waters’ home, adjacent to the iconic Randy’s Donuts near LAX, at 405 and 110 freeway entrances or exits, and outside the Forum in Inglewood, Hutchinson said.
Conservative media had background on the posters almost as soon as they went up. This site, without citing any sources, says the artwork was posted “early Thursday morning” by “an independent anonymous art collective.”
The website Tea Party News on Saturday said that Waters lives in a $4 million-plus home and explained the rationale behind the poverty pimp allegation:
The pejorative “Poverty Pimp” is used to identify those that personally benefit from acting as an advocate for the poor, downtrodden, or otherwise disadvantaged. California’s 43rd District, located in South Central Los Angeles, is certainly one where many live who fit those descriptions.
Maxine Waters, who is neither poor, downtrodden, or disadvantaged in any way, lives in Hancock Park, which is also most definitely not anything at all like South Central.
Hutchinson said Waters has been a longtime target of the far right, often because of the color of her skin.
“This is a vile, personal and racial attack,” he told us. “I would hope no reputable conservative group would stoop to this. For decades she’s been an intimate part of the African American community. Her civil rights credentials are impeccable.”
Leaders who represent minority districts are expected to be successful but often have the challenge, at least locally, of sometimes having to live in impoverished neighborhoods. Congressional representatives do not, however, have to live in the districts they represent.
Waters did not want to address the posters directly, telling us this:
I am trying to do public policy. That’s a waste of my time. Don’t waste your time on that.
…Continue reading more @ LA Weekly by Dennis Romero | 2014
Even Maxine won’t live in Maxine’s district
“Say, did you know that Maxine Waters doesn’t even live in her district?
Maxine represents District 43 which includes the high crime/high gang area of South Central LA – a region of Los Angeles so bad even Maxine won’t live there.
Instead, she resides in the tony neighborhood of Hancock Park – not far from Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
I did a quick lookie-loo at Wikipedia and learned that Hancock Park is 70.7% white and only 3.8% black. Though I was surprised to discover it has a large number of Koreans.
Which got me thinking. Since we all know Putin invaded Korea, does Maxine worry that he might invade Hancock Park?
In 2014 an anonymous art collective blanketed South Central with the now infamous Poverty Pimp poster of Maxine Waters.
But since Maxine doesn’t live anywhere near her district, they also sent the message to the Poverty Pimp herself.
Yup. One was placed directly across the street from Maxine’s four million dollar mansion in Hancock Park.
Knowing that Mean Maxine fled her own district for a predominantly white, affluent section of LA does kind of call into question her commitment to District 43. Don’t you think.
But like pretty much everything else about Maxine, her loyalty to her constituents is phony as a three dollar bill.
In her column out today, Michelle Malkin takes down Maxine Waters as only Malkin can.
I covered Waters in the early 1990s as an editorial writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Her federally funded Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center was a gang-infested boondoggle.
She embraced Damian Williams, the infamous thug who hurled a chunk of concrete at white truck driver Reginald Denny and performed a victory dance over the bloodied innocent bystander.
And she and her family personally profited from her rise to racially demagogic power.
She owns a tony mansion in predominantly white Hancock Park, several miles outside her congressional district.
She secured an ambassadorship to the Bahamas for her husband, a former pro football player and car salesman whose main qualification was having traveled to the island for a vacation.
Sounds like a real champion of the people, doesn’t she?
But wait! There’s more!
Lest we forget, the Free Beacon reported on Sunday that Poverty Pimp Maxine loves to spread the wealth around.
And by “spread the wealth,” I don’t mean through District 43. Maxine loves to spread the wealth among her own family.
Maxine’s daughter Karen has gotten a nice chunk of change courtesy of Mummy’s campaign funds. Since 2006, Karen Waters has received around $750,000 running the mailers for Citizens for Waters.
Let’s be honest. Lifting her district out of poverty has never been this Poverty Pimp’s goal.
Whereas lifting herself out of poverty-stricken District 43 is all Maxine cares about.
Like many Democrats, Maxine Waters sees “public service” as the gateway to personal wealth. She’s nothing more than another Liberal leech getting wealthy off the backs of taxpayers.
Why would she want to lower herself to live in the district she claims to represent when for her, the purpose of public office is self-enrichment?
You know, it used to be that choosing to run for office was sacrificing your own ambitions to seek the public good.
That’s why it was called public service.
But not anymore.
Whether we’re talking about Poverty Pimp Maxine, Crooked Hillary or multi-millionaire Barack Obama – now public service is nothing more than a get-rich-quick scheme perpetrated by con artists and crooks.”
….Continue reading more @ PatriotRetort.com
These California lawmakers don’t live in the districts they represent
|| LA Times
“It was the spring of 1998. Then-Assemblywoman Grace F. Napolitano was in the middle of a heated battle with fellow Democrat Jamie Casso.
With the primary to fill the House seat opened up by the retirement of Casso’s father-in-law, Democratic Rep. Esteban Torres, approaching, Napolitano and her advisors zeroed in on what usually amounts to a throwaway issue. Casso, a longtime Torres aide, did not live within the boundaries of the congressional district he sought to represent.
“It is the height of arrogance for Casso to choose to live outside the district and thumb his nose at the good people who do live there, in effect, telling them that their communities aren’t good enough for him,” Napolitano’s campaign manager Chuck Fuentes said in a press release at the time. The campaign used the same line of attack against Casso in mailers to voters.
Napolitano won that primary by 618 votes.
Seventeen years later, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) stood in the wet grass of a San Gabriel Valley park and dusted off the same residency ploy as he declared his bid to attempt to unseat Napolitano. This time around it is Napolitano who is being labeled the foreigner. She lives in Norwalk, about 9 miles outside the 32nd Congressional District she currently represents.
“It is ironic,” Fuentes said.
How did the tables get turned on Napolitano? Redistricting in 2011. She found herself sharing a congressional district with Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Whittier). Rather than run against a colleague, she became a candidate in the next district over, which was vacant. It includes El Monte, Baldwin Park and West Covina. Just over 46% of its voters are registered as Democrats, 25% are Republican and 24% have no party preference.
Napolitano is not alone. Of her 52 House colleagues, at least five do not actually live in the district they represent.
Some state and local lawmakers have been prosecuted for not living in the districts they ran to represent — a requirement under California law. When it comes to Congress, federal law only requires members live in the same state as the district.”
…Continue reading more @ LA Times