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Girlfriend on payroll? Hastings deflects question about ‘my personal business’

by George Bennett | March 26th, 2012


U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, is highlighted in a new Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington report for paying $622,574 between 2007 and 2010 to a staffer the watchdog group describes as Hastings’ girlfriend.

Congressional rules generally disallow hiring spouses and family members, but don’t address significant others.

The CREW report says Hastings Deputy District Director Patricia Williams is an example of a congressional “family” member drawing a salary or fees. Hastings disputes the “family” characterization. Asked directly if Williams is his girlfriend, Hastings said, via e-mail:

“No family members work in any of the Congressional offices that I am privileged to serve. Furthermore, my personal business is just that, personal.”

Read about it in this week’s Politics column.

3 Responses to “Girlfriend on payroll? Hastings deflects question about ‘my personal business’”

  1. Marriage Penalty Says:

    Gives new meaning to the marriage penalty. Instead of just higher taxes it would be a complete loss of a paycheck. This has to rank up there with the privileged insider trading rules.

    So there’s no law against it. Wouldn’t want to consider ethics and just doing the right thing.

  2. Repubtallygirl Says:

    ‘Nothing to see here people, move along’ – Officer Barbrady

  3. Kristopher Stubblefield Says:

    Thanks for writing this great article.. it gives me a lot of insight on the matter. I’ve added this page to my favorites for further reference.

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