A Democratic state representative in Massachusetts is currently in jail for assaulting his then-girlfriend for refusing to have sex with him, but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People doesn't think he should be expelled from the legislature for that.
Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a member of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, was convicted Jan. 15 of assault and battery for punching and choking 25-year-old Katherine Gonzalves. Despite being sentenced to six months in jail for the alleged attack, the NAACP thinks Henriquez should continue to legislate.
“The NAACP, New England Area Conference, respectfully requests that the Massachusetts House of Representatives abstain from voting in the matter of the expulsion of Rep. Carlos Henriquez, expected to come before the House today,” the NAACP said. “In the alternative, members of the House are asked to vote against the expulsion of their colleague.”
Henriquez’s conviction is under appeal, and the NAACP reminded the legislature that it has “no rule for expulsion that applies to misdemeanor convictions.”
Henriquez maintains his innocence, which is apparently good enough for the NAACP.
“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. “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.”
So, apparently it’s okay to beat up women and remain a member of the Massachusetts legislature, according to the NAACP.
Talk about a war on women.