Maxine Waters isn’t the sharpest crayon in the box. She’s not the most ethical either. After helping Bill Clinton win the White House, Clinton made her husband the Ambassador to the Bahamas. A job for which he had absolutely no experience.
Car dealer is not the normal career path to foreign service, but if Sidney Williams prevails, he will go from being a Mercedes-Benz dealer in Hollywood to being the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas.
At 51, Williams has been a lot of other things, too: former professional football player (Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), aide and chief of staff to former Los Angeles City Councilman David Cunningham, a minority business developer with former teammate Jim Brown.
But when it comes to ambassadorial appointments, perhaps his most influential credential is that of husband to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), one of President Clinton’s earliest and most prominent black supporters.
During the banking crises she was the ranking member of the powerful House Banking Committee. She pushed for a bailout of a bank by the name of OneUnited. She did not disclose the fact that her husband had been an officer of the bank or that they owned a substantial stake in the bank, yet she was able to get the bank a bailout of 12 million dollars that saved her investment.
Waters admitted that she had made calls to the Treasury Dept on behalf of the bank:
“In January, Ms. Waters acknowledged she made a call to the Treasury on OneUnited’s behalf. The bank’s capital, which was heavily invested in shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, was all but wiped out with the federal takeover of the two mortgage giants, and the bank was seeking help from regulators. OneUnited eventually secured bailout funds under the government’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, which was set up later that month.”
Her only other apparent talent is her innate ability to say the dumbest things: