Texas Lawmaker Who Spent Over $50,000 On Psychic Is Hit With A Corruption Charge And I'm Shocked She Didn't See This Coming...
A Texas lawmaker spent more than $51,000 on an online psychic, appeared for work at the Capitol apparently impaired by medication and hid a cellphone from investigators, prosecutors said in a court filing this week. Rep. Dawnna Dukes is due to face misdemeanor corruption charges at an October 16th trial. She is accused of giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for shuttling her daughter back and forth to school. The Travis County district attorney’s office alleges that Dukes paid for the psychic from December 2014 to January 2016, totaling nearly $1,000 a week. Authorities say she was noticeably impaired on one occasion while performing legislative duties at the Capitol. She showed up late to a House appropriations committee hearing on March 29th and at one point said, “I know I’m talking a lot. I’m full of morphine and will be headed out of here soon.” She’s also accused of giving investigators a different cellphone from the one they were seeking when they served her with a search warrant. In addition, the filing says Dukes was absent for roll call 65% of the time during the 2017 legislative regular session, and 36% of the time in the special session. (DallasNews)
This is the kind of stuff that infuriates me. I don't care what side of the political aisle you sit on, lawmakers should not get any special treatment. Having someone drive your child to school is fine, but pay for it out of your own damn pocket. Seriously, if I was a partner at a law firm and had my paralegal drive my child to school and then paid the paralegal with firm funds, I'd be fired on the spot. As would anyone else in any other job. Why do we keep letting lawmakers get away with this bullshit? Never forget, they work for us!