Fox and hens
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)