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Kathy Castor plays role in ethics case of Democrat Maxine Waters



U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, oversaw a House ethics panel that has recommended charges against California Rep. Maxine Waters, the second Democrat to face ethics charges in recent days.

Waters, 71, came under scrutiny after former Treasury Department officials said she helped arrange a meeting between regulators and executives at Boston-based OneUnited Bank without mentioning her husband's financial ties to it.

The case was referred to a subcommittee, which Castor chaired, of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. Formal charges are expected today or tomorrow; Castor's office referred questions to the committee.

Waters, a key player on the Financial Services Committee, is the second ranking Democrat to face an ethics inquiry. The higher-profile case involves Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, head of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:16am]


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