‘National Embarrassment’:

Russell Redenbaugh, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, resigned his post this week after growing frustrated by the commission’s “chronic mismanagement and a fatally flawed organizational structure.” Redenbaugh said, “The commission, once the nation’s conscience, is now a national embarrassment beyond repair.” His resignation comes only months after President Bush ousted the panel’s long-time liberal leader, Mary Frances Berry. But even with conservative Gerald Reynolds taking the helm, Redenbaugh saw no reform on the horizon.


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