Rep. Joaquin Castro outed and shamed local Trump donors saying, “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
Thanks to his tweets, several people on the list he published have been harassed, which was really the point of the activist exercise.
Now, seven members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling for an ethics investigation.
From Roll Call:
Seven Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling on the House Ethics Committee to investigate Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro for publicly posting on Twitter the names and workplaces of constituents who donated to President Donald Trump.
“Posting a target list of private citizens simply for supporting his political opponent is antithetical to our principles and serves to suppress the free speech and free association rights of Americans,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter sent to the Ethics panel Friday.
The seven members of the hard-line conservative caucus who signed on to the letter include Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jody B. Hice of Georgia, Debbie Lesko of Arizona and Randy Weber of Texas.
Specifically, the lawmakers said Castro violated Rule XXIII of the Code of Official Conduct, which reads, “A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”
The Ethics Committee declined to comment on the letter.
A Castro spokeswoman called the request “baseless” and said the letter was an attempt to “limit Americans’ ability to track money in politics.”
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