Rep. Jaoquin Castro of Texas may come to regret his awful decision to doxx his own constituents as Trump donors.
Republican lawmakers are now demanding an ethics probe because of it.
Roll Call reports:
Seven Republicans call for Ethics Committee investigation into Castro
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.”
Castro has done his best to back-pedal on this but people are angry.
The Hill reports:
Castro takes heat as outed Trump donors swing back
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), the chairman of his twin brother’s presidential campaign, is taking heat for publishing the names and business interests of dozens of President Trump’s campaign donors who live and make their livelihoods in Castro’s San Antonio district…
The Hill interviewed several of the 44 donors who Castro named, and all were shocked at having been dragged into the national debate over racism in the era of Trump.
Justin Herricks, who owns Precision Pipe Rentals, said he’s worried about the safety of his employees. Herricks said he and his company have been receiving harassing messages and phone calls, with strangers reaching out to call him a “racist piece of shit” and accusing him of supporting a “white supremacist.”
“In this country, you have the freedom of speech and the choice of who you are going to support and give money to,” Herricks said. “For me, supporting the Republican Party, I look at the things Trump has done for the economy. I’ll continue to support him and what he’s doing. It looks like Democrats are getting desperate in resorting to these tactics.”
What Castro did was mean-spirited and nasty.
He should be an example of why this is unacceptable.