Still fetid

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

The res­ig­na­tion of New York Demo­crat Rep. An­thony Weiner for send­ing lewd pho­tos and mes­sages to young women still fails to keep Nancy Pelosi’s prom­ise to “drain the swamp” of con­gres­sional eth­i­cal mis­deeds.

A con­gres­sional ethics panel is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing Florida Demo­crat Rep. Al­cee Hast­ings for sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing a mem­ber of his staff. Rep. Hast­ings is a for­mer fed­eral judge who was im­peached by the House for so­lic­it­ing a bribe and per­jury, con­victed by the Se­nate, and re­moved in 1989.

Mrs. Pelosi’s friend Rep. Charles Ran­gel still sits in the House de­spite an Ethics Com­mit­tee trial and con­vic­tion on 11 vi­o­la­tions and a cen­sure vote by the House. Ten months have passed since the Ethics Com­mit­tee charged Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat Rep. Max­ine Waters with three ethics vi­o­la­tions, but no trial or con­se­quences have re­sulted.

In con­trast, House Speaker John Boehner has acted more de­ci­sively, im­me­di­ately pres­sur­ing Repub­li­cans Chris Lee and Mark Souder into res­ig­na­tions when rev­e­la­tions about in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior sur­faced. Jim Hart­man Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia

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