This explains Water’s low IQ:
The law states that you can’t hire relatives. Maxine states the fact that grandson is not listed – it means she can hire (and did) her grandson.
Definition of relative – A person connected by blood or marriage.
Maxine Waters’ grandson exemption
By MARTIN KADY II
| 05/03/2010 06:03 PM EDT
The Washington Post on Monday published lengthy profile of Mikael Moore, Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-Calif.) chief of staff — noting that he also just happens to be the congresswoman’s grandson.
Generally, hiring one’s relative is illegal. Among the 27 relative designations listed in the federal law regarding nepotism and hiring, however, “grandson” is not mentioned.
So Moore, who makes a six-figure salary working for his grandmother, is just fine, ethics-wise, according to an ethics lawyer contacted by POLITICO.
The text from the House ethics manual:
Federal law, at 5 U.S.C. § 3110, generally prohibits a federal official, including a Member of Congress, from appointing, promoting, or recommending for appointment or promotion any ?relative of the official to any agency or department over which the official exercises authority or control.
The statute defines a relative, for these purposes, as: an individual who is related to the public official as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, or half sister.
But, in the end, he was fired for being involved in a Maxine banking corruption scandal which, as usual – they both received the usual punishment – a slap on the wrist and he lost his job.