Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush was kicked off the US House floor for wearing a hoodie as a prop during his speech on Trayvon Martin in March 2012.
The House Ethics Committee will continue to examine the conduct of Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Chicago). The Chicago Sun-Times has reported that Rush is being examined because of allegations about his use of campaign funds and for his handling of a $1 million grant.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
The House Ethics Committee announced today it will continue to examine the conduct of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, a Chicago Democrat.
The committee, which investigates allegations of lawmaker misconduct, said today the independent Office of Congressional Ethics referred an unspecified “matter” to the committee last June 10.
The Ethics Committee said extending its look at Rush does not “indicate any violation has occurred.” It said it would have more to say by Nov. 10.
Rush, 67, has served in Congress since 1993.
Rush, in a statement, said today that the committee’s announcement meant more time was needed for the panel to make a “substantive determination.”
“I am hopeful that the Ethics Committee will approach this in a manner that takes into account the cooperation I have shown from the outset, and my willingness to adhere to any guidance that House Ethics has made, or will make, available to me,” the statement read.
Rush, in the statement, said he will continue to work on issues in his district, including high unemployment, violent crime and school closings, until the matter is resolved.