Congressman responds to Blagojevich-linked Census Bureau official with letter to Census Bureau Director Groves
MyTwoCensus.com is appreciative that Congressman Patrick McHenry’s office has taken up this issue. Now, we hope that William Lacy Clay and the House Democrats also jump on board to make this a bi-partisan effort…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Josh Kahn June 17, 2010 McHenry: Why Is a Census Official Tied to the Blagojevich Scandal?
WASHINGTON, DC… Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC), sent the following letter to U.S. Census Director Dr. Robert Groves questioning the Bureau about a local Census official tied to the Blagojevich trial.
Rep. McHenry is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee overseeing the Census. The letter is below:
June 17, 2010
U.S. Census Bureau
4600 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Dear Dr. Groves:
This week the director of a Census Bureau office in Chicago, Joseph Aramanda, appeared as a witness in former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial. Although Mr. Aramanda testified under immunity and so will not be charged himself, he was involved in some extremely questionable money transfers at the direction of Blagojevich associate Tony Rezko.
This is unacceptable. The Census is too important to be caught up in a corruption trial. Mr. Aramanda manages a significant number of employees and his deep involvement in the Blagojevich scandal tarnishes the reputation of the 2010 Census.
I strongly encourage you to reassess Mr. Aramanda’s employment status with the Bureau. I would appreciate your quick response on this timely issue.
Patrick T. McHenry
Subcommittee on Information Policy,
Census, and National Archives