Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released a statement regarding the controversy he is a member of an elite private beach club that has been questioned about the lack of diversity in its membership, the Newport Daily News reports.
Said Whitehouse: “There have been calls for me to resign from the club, which I understand. However, I have no membership to resign, nor will I ask my wife or any other family members to do so. First, they are on the right side of pushing for improvements. Second, and more importantly, my relationship with my family is not one in which I tell them what to do.”
“After noting that the club in question has ‘diversity in the membership and there are non-white club members,’ the senator went on to disclose that he belongs to a separate sailing club that’s apparently all-white.”
He added: “Failing to address the sailing club’s lack of diversity is squarely on me, and something for which I am sorry.”Save to Favorites