One of the more influential voices on the Democrat side of the aisle has passed away.
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84.
Hastings had suffered from pancreatic cancer.
The death of Hastings puts a significant dent into the advantage the Democrats have in the House right now.
With Hastings gone, the advantage slips to six seats once Julia Letlow (R-LA) is sworn in after winning the seat her husband previously held.
That means that if more than two Democrats vote across the party line and Republicans hold serve, at the very least, the vote would be split.
If you ask me if I will shed a tear for Hastings, the answer would be “no.”
While Democrats gushed over Hastings in his death, the facts tell the story of one of the most corrupt government officials we had in office.
For instance, in 2012, Hastings was atop the list for paying family members salaries and fees from his office and/or campaign.
Over a four-year period, he also paid his girlfriend, Patricia Williams, more than $622,000 for working as his deputy district director.
He was also a corrupt judge, which many people do not remember.
Hastings had been formally charged with bribery in 1981, but the trial eventually ended in acquittal because a key witness refused to testify.
However, in 1988, the Democrat-led House of Representatives took up the case, eventually impeaching Hastings from the bench with a vote of 413-3.
Four years later, Hastings ran for office in the House that impeached him… and won.
Another little tidbit about Hastings is that he led two objections to presidential elections.
In 2000, Hastings objected to Bush’s win and the 25 electoral votes in Florida. He did it again in 2004, trying to block the electoral votes in Ohio from counting.
It just gets better, too.
In 2011, Hastings was hit with sexual harassment allegations from staffer Winsome Packer.
The suit was eventually settled with $220,000 of taxpayer money.
House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) stated that his death was a “great loss for America,” but I believe the actual facts would lead us to a different conclusion.
Source: Fox News