Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Republicans Return Fire in Ethics War

...into Congressional Democrats' faces. Seems at least a few people in the GOP have spines, after all: House Republicans are stepping up their attacks on Democrats over ethics issues — and they’re stealing a page from Nancy Pelosi’s playbook to do it. Over the past three weeks, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has filed three privileged resolutions calling for a House ethics committee probe into the connection between earmarks and campaign contributions. More at Politico... Perhaps the Republicans don't have quite enough spine, yet, however: Republicans say they don’t want to ignite a full-blown ethics war like the one that dominated the House in the 1990s, but there’s another cause for their caution: If they were to file a complaint against Murtha or anyone else, Democrats would retaliate by filing their own complaints against Reps. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Don Young (R-Alaska).

I say go for it. In a war, you have to expect a few losses.

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