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