Fox and hens

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An un­usual press re­lease, for no bet­ter­name,has­beenis­sued­byRep. Pa­trickT.McHenry,NorthCarolina Repub­li­can, in­spired by the film “TheGood,theBadandtheUgly”— with an added dose of re­al­ity.

The Good: “As our first or­der of busi­ness, we in­tend to re­store hon­esty and open­ness to Congress. With laws that will sever the link be­tween leg­is­la­tion and lob­by­ist, we will de­mand the high­est ethics from our pub­lic ser­vants, and de­liver for all the Amer­i­can peo­ple.” (Press re­lease by in­com­ing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Nov. 13)

The­Bad:“StephanieTubb­sJones, an Ohio Demo­crat who sits on the Houseethic­scom­mit­tee,tooka2001 trip to Puerto Rico that was paid for by a reg­is­tered lob­by­ist firm — an ap­par­ent vi­o­la­tion of the cham­ber’s ethics rules — ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments that she filed with the House clerk.” (The Wash­ing­ton Times, April 20, 2005)

The Ugly: “Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Ohio) will take over as chair­woman of the Com­mit­tee on Stan­dard­sofOf­fi­cialCon­duct.”(Roll­Call, Dec.19,re­fer­ring­totheethic­spanel by its for­mal name)

The Re­al­ity: “Pelosi’s ethics com­mit­tee chair se­lec­tion is tan­ta­mount to putting foxes in charge of the hen­house.Idon’tknowwhether­to­laugh at the irony or be ap­palled by the hypocrisy.” (Mr. McHenry, Dec. 9)

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