U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah needs to resign his congressional seat.
The Pennsylvania Democrat, convicted of multiple counts of fraud, has violated the trust of his constituents and betrayed the trust of the nation that has to live under the laws he helps approve.
But in a curious twist in a bizarre saga, Fattah said he is waiting to determine a way to create the least possible “distraction” in the House of Representatives.
Listen up, congressman. The best way to avoid distracting your House colleagues is to hit the road. Now!
He vows to fight his conviction through appeal. Fine. He’s entitled to do so. He is not entitled to maintain his presence in the people’s House.
The conviction involves allegations that Fattah sought to enrich himself personally while maintaining his political career.
Fattah has broken the trust of the body he serves. Given that he is one of 435 individuals who enacts federal laws, we all have a stake in the conduct of all its members.
Fattah’s conviction involves allegations that he sought to enrich himself personally while maintaining his political career. The conviction carries a potential decades-long prison term.
Rep. Fattah can fight all he wants to overturn the conviction. He just doesn’t deserve another dime of public money while he’s doing it.