Former Florida Representative Corrine Brown (D) is still playing the race card. This time she is blaming the Justice Department for being racists which is ironic because both of the attorney general’s appointed by former President Obama were black as well.
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, in an interview on Wednesday with Summer Knowles of WESH2 news, Brown claimed they also tarnished her name. She said:
They have just taken my name and destroyed it. My name is all I have.
She also stated she would plead not guilty to the charges against her and her charity One Door Education. The charity initially was supposed to give scholarships to students but investigators are saying Brown used it as a slush fund for her, her chief of staff and the charity’s president.
Brown insisted the charity was legitimate stating “Let’s be clear. Anything that I solicited money for, it occurred.”
Even though the charity’s president took a plea deal and Brown’s chief of staff Elias “Ronnie” Simmons plead guilty and will testify against Brown she insisted she is innocent.
Brown also blamed redistricting for her problems. She said:
You changed my district completely. The next was this indictment. It’s just unbelievable how they seem to make up the rules as they go and so I am looking forward to my day in court.
When asked why she thought the Justice Department would target her, Brown said:
I guess I’m a black woman with a mouth.
This is not the first time Brown has blamed racism for her charges. When she was initially charged she created a fundraiser on her website to fight the charges. On the site, a message said the Obama administration’s Justice Department was targeting her because of her race.
The message read:
During my entire political career, I have fought racism, injustice and advocated for individuals who normally get left behind. It should come as no surprise that some took offense to my efforts to stand up for you.
I am fighting the Department of Justice, which has unlimited resources. They have smeared my good name. They are trying to take my freedom. I am asking for your help to fight these false charges. On this website, you can make a donation to my legal defense fund. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated.
Brown’s trial is set to start on April 24 in Jacksonville.