WASHINGTON--Over at Politics Daily, Patricia Murphy is reporting that "Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) took on the director of the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday at a hearing over his decision to cut the bureau's ties with the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) without a formal review or inquiry."
Census chief Robert Groves, cut ties with ACORN after ACORN personnel were secretly taped giving advice to folks posing as a pimp and prostitute about how to scam the government.
Murphy reports: "Burris asked if news reports of "the so-called Fox sting, which ACORN now is suing over," had contributed to Groves' decision to cut ties with the group. Groves said the scandal was part of it, but added the negative feedback from his regional offices was his primary concern."
"Burris argued that Groves' move stemmed from "unfair assessments based on agendas that have nothing to do with service to the community." The senator said he knows of ACORN's work in Chicago and said the organization could have been a valuable partner in getting a full census count in African American and poor communities."
Note: Burris was wrong when he said Fox had something to do with the sting. Despite what Burris said, Fox had nothing to do with making the video. Fox was the first to televise the sting video, and has televised the video many times.