Apr 27, 2005

Ethics? We don't need no stinkin' ethics!

From USA Today:

All five Republicans on the House ethics committee have financial links to Tom DeLay that could raise conflict-of-interest issues should the panel investigate the GOP majority leader.

Five members of the House ethics committee. That's 50% of the committee! And apparently all of this is "just normal."

This might be just common sense, but shouldn't a committee focused on upholding the highest level of ETHICS in the legislature actually BE ethical? If there is an investigation on DeLay, these people must recuse themselves. Even the appearance of a conflict of interest should be motivation enough for recusal. Duh!


Brother Kenya said...

There used to be a handful of non-Delay Repubs on the committee, but guess what? They were purged! Sounds like the old Politburo, doesn't it?

Andy said...

what a beautifully rounded irony this story defines. you couldn't make it up. and the greatest thing is that they don't think that there's a problem. and i bet they believe that, too.

why do politicians have to have an ironyectomy when they're elected?

jurassicpork said...

The GOP, not to be confused in any way, shape or form with the Republican party, have made the phrase "conflict of interest" obsolete since before Bush stole the White House of Sand and Fog. There was no conflict of interest when Scalia and Thomas voted to stop the Florida recount. There was no conflict of interest in having as a co-chair of your campaign the Florida Sec. of State and your brother as governor of said state. There's no conflict of interest in having as your VP a former CEO of an oil services giant that's raking in billions from the Iraq war. And there's no conflict of interest here, either. That's just liberal facts and common sense disguised as bi-partisan politics.

And, hasn't anyone thought of how flimsy and ridiculous the "show no outward sign of conflict of interest" House rule is? That's saying, in essence, Keep the fucking envelope under the table.

And DeLay can't even do *that*.