Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Wednesday said he belongs to a sailing club that lacks diversity.
The sailing club is distinct from Bailey’s Beach Club, an elite Rhode Island organization that allegedly is predominantly White and to which he has been previously linked. In a statement to Fox News, Whitehouse he is not a member of the beach club, though his family is and they will remain so.
“While I am not a member of the beach club, I do own a boat and belong to a sailing club in Newport. While this club does not have exclusionary rules for membership, it does lack diversity,” the Rhode Island Democrat revealed in a statement to Fox News. “Failing to address the sailing club’s lack of diversity is squarely on me, and something for which I am sorry. I commit to working with the club and the community to build a more inclusive membership and to better connect with the local community.”
Whitehouse did not name the sailing club, but the Ida Lewis Yacht Club of Newport, Rhode Island confirmed to Fox News that the senator is a member there. And it seems that while Whitehouse says he is now committing to work on enhancing the club’s diversity, he and his family have been associated with the club for quite some time.
A “Sheldon Whitehouse” is listed as “commodore” of the club from 1937-1940. It appears this may be his grandfather, Edwin Sheldon Whitehouse.
The senator’s office could not be reached for comment on what steps he would take to work with the club. The club did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Whitehouse’s characterization of it as lacking diversity.
Whitehouse, in his statement to Fox, also said his family would remain a part of Bailey’s. “There have been cal
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