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Behavior Doesn't Match The Rules. . . [Jan. 4th, 2005|10:49 pm]
Clean The House: Government Ethics Watch


[originally posted 12/30/04 on cleanthehouse.blogspot.com]

It seems that the Republicans in the US House of Representatives don't like feeling embarrassed about Tom DeLay's questionable ethics. So instead of getting Mr. DeLay to change his behavior, they are changing the rules and the umpire.

A couple of months we heard about Republicans changing their conference rules to allow indicted leaders to retain their leadership positions. I thought at first that was bad enough. But now we hear that the House Ethics Committee chairman might be replaced when the House convenes next week, while at the same time making it harder to bring ethics cases before the committee. All this because Hefley slapped DeLay's three times last year because of ethics violations. Hardly a death sentence. The Seattle Times and other papers also report that the replacement could be a good buddy of DeLay, Congressman Lamar Smith (R - TX):
[A]ides said a likely replacement is Rep. Lamar Smith, one of DeLay's fellow Texans, who held the job from 1999 to 2001. Smith wrote a check this year to DeLay's defense fund. An aide said Smith was favored for his knowledge of committee procedure. [Italics added]