Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesChair of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Karen Bass speaks during a news conference on July 22, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
A top contender for Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Scientology church in 2010. Rep. Karen Bass praised the Church of Scientology for its “commitment … to make a difference.” Former Scientologists have accused the group of operating as a cult, while others have detailed rampant sexual abuse and a culture of intimidation.
California Rep. Karen Bass, who has emerged as a leading contender to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, praised the Church of Scientology during a 2010 ribbon-cutting ceremony for one of the group’s facilities in Los Angeles.
Bass, 66, served in the California General Assembly when she spoke at the event, held on April 24, 2010.
“This day and this new Church of