NAACP Asks Mass. House Not To Expel Congressman Convicted of Beating Girlfriend

“Representative Henriquez was duly elected by the electorate and there is no legal basis upon which the House of Representatives can properly act.”

On Thursday afternoon, the Massachusetts House of Representatives will vote on whether or not to expel Rep. Carlos Henriquez (D-MA) who is currently serving a six-month sentence for holding down and beating his then girlfriend because she didn't want to have sex. Strangely, the NAACP is urging the House to allow Henriquez​ to keep his seat. 

According to the Boston Herald:

“The NAACP, New England Area Conference (NEAC), respectfully requests that the Massachusetts House of Representatives abstain from voting in the matter of the expulsion of Representative Carlos Henriquez, expected to come before the House today,” the organization said in a letter. “In the alternative, Members of the House are asked to vote against the expulsion of their colleague.”

The NAACP notes that Henriquez’s criminal conviction for assaulting a woman is under appeal, and states that the Legislature currently has “no rule for expulsion that applies to misdemeanor convictions.”

“Representative Henriquez was duly elected by the electorate and there is no legal basis upon which the House of Representatives can properly act,” the NAACP said in its statement. “Delaying any decision on the House Ethics Committee’s recommendation at this time would allow for a fair process to take place, as required under the law.”

Being a civil rights organization the NAACP should be supporting the woman who was beaten, rather than the criminal. 

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