Friday, July 25, 2008

"Landmark" Ethics Panel is Pure Congress

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday announced joint appointments to a landmark ethics review board that for the first time will allow private citizens to review allegations against members.

The only landmark in the new House ethics panel is the makeup, “Private citizens” means ex-members of Congress and paid government staffers. The fox once again monitors the hen house in Washington, D.C.

They have the gall to imply an average citizen is monitoring Congressional behavior. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Hill reported:

“…four out of six members of the board for the newly created Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) will be former members of Congress, including former CIA Director Porter Goss (R-Fla.), who will serve as co-chairman.

The other board members include Rep. David Skaggs (D-Colo.), who will serve as chairman of the board, former Rep. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (D-Calif.), former Rep. Karan English (D-Ariz.), former House Chief Administrative Officer Jay Eagen and Allison Hayward, the former chief of staff to Bradley Smith, a Republican-appointed former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

Two additional former members will serve as alternate appointees to the board: former federal judge and ex-Rep. Abner Mikva (D-Ill.) and former Rep. Bill Frenzel (R-Minn.).

If anyone believes an "average citizen" is monitoring Congressional ethics, they're sadly mistaken.

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