September 3rd, 2010
07:51 AM ET
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Texas lawmaker admits mistake in scholarship scandal

(CNN) – A veteran House representative from Texas said she made a mistake when she awarded charitable scholarships to her family members instead of students in her district.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) has been under fire recently, accused of breaking rules in giving the scholarships to relatives.






"I've acknowledged that I was negligent. I've acknowledged that I made a mistake," Johnson said during an interview on CNN's "AC 360" on Thursday.

Johnson is accused of awarding scholarship money to her grandsons, David and Kirk Johnson, as well as the children of her Dallas district director, Rod Givens, last year. Each of the relatives were awarded two scholarships in the past year.

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  1. ruty

    This is typical of the kind of people we have elected to serve our nation. This is going on in both parties. What a new low this nation has stooped to. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This is nothing short of American Greed. Sad, sad,sad.

    September 3, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  2. Hugo

    Gee go figure and on top of it all....

    September 3, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm a democrat, but this is clearly an ethics violation.

    September 3, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  4. PaulC

    It wasn't a mistake. It was a deliberate action to benefit her friends and relatives at the taxpayers expense. The sad part is that she will be reelected to make more "mistakes".

    September 3, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    Yet more Dem corruption and thievery from taxpayers. It just never ends. Out with ALL of them come November!

    September 3, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. terry,va

    Can't you see that it is all racially motivated. Look at Rangel, Maxine Waters, and now Johnson. Yes indeed, just like anyone who says anything about Obummie is a racist. It couldn't be that the 3 lawmakers are crooks and Obummie has bad policies and is out of step with the American people, could it???

    September 3, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Anonymous

    made a mistake, were negligent?? Sounds like you committed fraud to me.

    September 3, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  8. Hugo

    What was all that you were saying about the corruption of Rick Scott? Which is worse, a trusted public official committing blatant fraud with tax payer monies or a business CEO entangled with his company committing some medicare coding snafu?

    September 3, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. Willy Brown

    Must be another crooked democrat becaused the media is being very quiet about this. Now if it was a republican the media would be hounding this story 24-7 on TV.

    September 3, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. wow

    very shameful. her time to go.

    September 3, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. Michael

    Negligence implies unconsciousness of wrongdoing. This is corruption, pure and simple.
    Sure, it's not corruption on a Republican scale – we're talking scholarships for students, not bribes from recklessly greedy industrial conglomerates whose goals are to profit from destroying America's people and land.
    Still, Johnson should be fired.

    September 3, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. TangledThorns

    This is corruption, nothing more. She should be in jail for it!

    September 3, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  13. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Amazing, a liberal democrat actually admitting wrongdoing. Now, what is she going to do about it?

    September 3, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It wasn't a mistake and she knows this. Favoritism, cronyism, and nepotism are listed as 'perks' in government jobs. These are commonly practiced and widespread in government as well as corporate America. Yet it does not make it right.

    You got busted for doing the WRONG thing.

    September 3, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. USN

    when it's a dem it's a mistake , when it's a repub it's a punishable offence . why the diffrerence?

    September 3, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. vegage

    She just should resign...

    September 3, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Jeff from Va

    Wow, I was afraid that CNN was afraid to report this. It does not matter
    how many times she says that she is sorry, and takes full responsibility, what she did was "Wrong", she and her staff knew it,
    but it did not matter, they were going to do what they wanted. Since she is taking full responsibility, it is time for her to step down. When she does, that will show that she is truley sorry for what happened. She also should be held accountable legally.

    September 3, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. J Finkley

    In my opinion what the congresswoman has admitted to is wrong.She should be ashamed of herself for trying to find a clever way to describe her involvement.With so many years in political office,how can she now say that she made a mistake.So typical of someone who does not want to admit that they have been caught in acts of wrong doing.This is one reason why it is so hard for me to donate to organizations that proclaim to help(DESERVING STUDENTS) in their educational pursuits,because there are always going to be those who take advantage of other peoples support,and use it to benefit themselves(oftentimes)or those that are close to them.An investigation should be launched to make sure this is not widespread,and those that benefited in error should pay the scholarship monies back,so that truly deserving students will have a fair opportunity to benefit as well from the scholarship program.This is just wrong,plain and simple..

    September 3, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    So now blatant corruption and nepotism is a 'mistake'? If a Republican had done this, they would be pursued to the ends of the earth. So, she paid it back? Where are the fines? What is the penalty? CNN, where is the special investigation?

    September 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. ann

    Com'on Anderson, she is saying she made a mistake and pay back all the money from her personal account, how many of politicians we know they accept they did any fraud. Now leave her alone, go after some one who do fraud and cover it up.

    September 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Eric

    "I've acknowledged that I was negligent. I've acknowledged that I made a mistake," Johnson said during an interview on CNN's "AC 360" on Thursday.

    Yep, the voters now admit they've made a mistake, too.
    Put a fork in her, she's done. The democrat unemployment line forms up on the morning of November 3. Please have your bags packed.

    Seems like when Nancy Pelosi was "draining the swamp" of corruption, she found all these "good" democrats flopping around on the bottom.

    September 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. DJK

    MISTAKE?!?!? If she had an R by her name, CNN wouldn't be calling this a 'MISTAKE'! A MISTAKE is voting for Obama in 2008 because you 'hope' for 'change'. How do you make a MISTAKE like 30 times?!?

    September 3, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. C Spurgeon

    Throw her out of office and put her in jail for fraud. She is disgusting!

    September 3, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Robin

    She should be forced to resign. This is a travesty! Imagine the vile if it had been a Republican.

    September 3, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Dean

    A Democrat! And here the liberals had me believing it was only Republicans who were corrupt. That is not outside of Illinois.

    September 3, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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