Meet the corruption caucus
Besides a record number of women, the next Congress will include the first Native American women sent to Capitol Hill, as well as the first African American and Latina women to represent several states. But this Congress isn’t just ethnically diverse; it’s ethically diverse.
Two newly reelected Republican representatives, Southern California’s Duncan Hunter and New York’s Chris Collins, are under indictment. They’re also the first two congressmen to endorse our ethically ecumenical president.
Corruption is a pan-partisan affair, though, and so are the tribal loyalties that can overcome misgivings about a candidate’s rectitude. Also reelected this week was Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who outlasted federal charges thanks to a hung jury — one member of which, this being Jersey, cheered him on at his victory party.
If, as the cliche goes, familiarity breeds contempt, perhaps it follows that the people who make our laws don’t always hold them in the highest regard.
Josh Gohlke, editorial writer