Tough de­ci­sions

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“In the run-up to the Demo­cratic takeover of Congress, Rep. Nancy Pelosi criss­crossed the coun­try promis­ing­tomakepassingeth­ic­sre­form her first or­der of busi­ness as speaker. But now, even be­fore she takes the reins in Jan­uary, she is be­ing con­fronted with a se­ries of tough ethics de­ci­sions that will de­ter­mine whether her party will suc­cee­datchang­ingth­ecul­ture­ofCapi­tol Hill,” John Fund writes at www.Opin­ionJour­nal.com.

“That cul­ture — an ethos of re­ward­ing­power,elec­toral­suc­ces­sand year­sof­se­nior­ity—wo­nanot-so-sur­prisin­gen­dorse­mentinLouisianaon [Dec. 9]. It was there that Demo­crat Rep. William Jef­fer­son — the con­gress­man found by the FBI to have $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer — was hand­ily re-elected in a runoff racea­gain­stachal­lenger­fromwithin his own party. Even as he may be in­dicte­donbriberychar­gesinthe­com­ing months, he is now push­ing to be given­back­thep­rized­seaton­thetaxwrit­ing Ways and Means Com­mit­tee hewas­forced­to­sur­ren­derear­lierthis year. And he can count on sup­port of the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus in putting the squeeze on Ms. Pelosi,” Mr. Fund said.

“There’sal­soyet­to­bere­solvedthe is­sue­ofWestVir­gini­aDemocratRep. AlanMol­lo­han.He­was­forced­tostep down this year as rank­ing Demo­crat on­the­House ethic­scom­mit­tee an­dis un­der­ac­tiveFBIin­ves­ti­ga­tionover­al­le­ga­tions he may have il­le­gally en­hanced his in­come by steer­ing $250 mil­lion in fed­eral ear­marks to five non­prof­i­tor­ga­ni­za­tion­sstaffed­by­his for­mer aides and busi­ness part­ner. With the elec­tions safely over, Mr. Mol­lo­han is now in line to be­come chair­man of the pow­er­ful Ap­pro­pri­a­tions sub­com­mit­tee that over­sees the FBI’s bud­get.”

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