Thursday, June 2, 2016

Two members of Congress who are scared of PR Control Board's findings

These two House Representatives from NY and Chicago, are lobbying in the US SENATE & US HOUSE against the PR Control Board. BUT THEY DO NOT REPRESENT US !

They are an embarrassment to the US citizens in Puerto Rico. Their present and past conduct worry many in Congress of what Puerto Rico's representation would be like if we become a state. 

Their mere presence in Congress is an embarrassment and we are ashamed that they claim to be Puerto Rican. They do not represent us and our pride as US Citizens. They do not have a right to speak in our name while denying us the right to represent ourselves. They would have never gotten elected to any position in Puerto Rico.
Nydia Velazquez
Luis Gutierrez

Rezko gave Gutierrez a deal on town house
Chicago Sun Times
Nov 8, 2010

Convicted political fixer Tony Rezko gave U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez free upgrades on a riverfront town house after the congressman asked for them, Gutierrez told the FBI, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Luis V. Gutierrez is a former Marxist and Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 4th district of Illinois. PSP member

1980s Chicago mayor Harold Washington's electoral coalition included many members of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Luis Gutierrez who became an Alderman under Washington belonged to the Marxist-Leninist Puerto Rican Socialist Party and was able to secure government funds for the PSP sponsored cultural center and for Party sponsored social services and ESL and GELD programs[6].
Supported Peurto Rican rebel prisoners
In 1999, eleven imprisoned Puerto Rican independence fighters were released on parole from long prison terms in the US. Political leaders who supported the prisoners included Reps Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Nydia Velazquez (D, NY), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Ron Dellums (D-Calif.) and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins.[25]
Progressive agenda" on Puerto Rico
More than 250 Puerto Rican activists and leaders met in The Bronx “to discuss the state of our communities” and to begin the development of a “progressive political agenda” for Puerto Ricans in 2004.The Boricua Roundtable met at Hostos Community College on May 21-22, 2004.
A major theme of the meeting was mobilizing the Puerto Rican vote against the ultra-right in the White House and in Congress. Rep. Gutiérrez blasted the Bush administration’s war policies, urging the participants to discuss opposing the war in Iraq and “its impact on our community.” “We don’t want to die in a declared or undeclared war started by a president that wasn’t elected by the people,” he said.
Gutiérrez also called on the activists to work in solidarity with all Latin Americans, including recent immigrants, as a way of affirming “our Puerto Rican-ness.”
Nydia Velázquez called on everyone present to organize the Puerto Rican vote to defeat Bush, noting there are sizable populations of voting-age Puerto Ricans in key states like Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio and Arizona.
The Boricua Roundtable ended with the singing of the anti-imperialist version of the Puerto Rican national anthem – La Borinqueña.[26]
Received Free Upgrades on House
Convicted political fixer Tony Rezko gave U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez free upgrades on a riverfront town house after the congressman asked for them, Gutierrez told the FBI in a 2008 interview.
Gutierrez told the FBI that he and his wife had had dinner with Rezko and his wife, and that he told him that the price of the town home had gone up $35,000 in two weeks -- from $399,000 when they first visited a model home to $434,900. Considering that the price had risen, Gutierrez told Rezko he thought he should get some upgrades. The upgrades eventually included an additional bathroom and higher-quality carpeting.
The interview was done in spring 2008. At the time, Rezko was on trial for corruption involving state contracts under then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko has been a campaign fund-raiser for Blagojevich as well as Gutierrez.
Intelligence appointment
In 2010, Rep. Gutierrez was appointed to the prestigious House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.[39]

Rep. Gutierrez's corruption is shielded by public support in Chicago
Maty 4, 2010
Rep. Gutiérrez – who has served Illinois’s 4th congressional district since 1993 – has become an ambiguous figure in Chicagopolitics. The congressman is simultaneously the highly-popular spokesman of the city’s Latino community and the shadowy politician regularly suspected of improper practices.
He has been linked to a 2004 scandal in which he lobbied Mayor Richard Daley to okay zoning for residential development. A few experts at the time commented on the peculiarity of a U.S. congressman lobbying on behalf of a development plan outside his own district. An investigation revealed that Gutiérrez had received a $200,000 loan from the developer, Calvin Boender, just months prior to Gutiérrez’s personal letter to the mayor advocating the rezoning
Boender was later federally indicted in connection with the same development Gutiérrez had lobbied for – the Galewood Yards project on the city’s West Side. Although Gutiérrez was never indicted himself, Ald. Ike Carothers pled guilty to taking bribes in exchange for supporting plans to rezone the area for residential use.