Sunday, February 24, 2013

Conaway House Watchdog

Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX) is the new chairman of the House Ethics Committee.  His committee polices congressional representatives and House staff and advises and educates them about the right thing to do.  Conaway knows professional standards given he's a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

I thought Conaway would come before the committee for two instances.  The first was the unusual pattern of campaign donations and a Conaway sponsored earmark.  Donations were curiously timed with the earmark's advancement through the House.

The second involved his poor governance for the National Republican Congressional Committee.  One might expect a CPA to tell a consistent story about accounting fraud and embezzlement.  The story changed from Conaway uncovering a sophisticated, complex scheme to Conaway's assistant Jeff Burton outing a simple, five year fraud. 

Conaway's the new House Deputy Dawg, where he has to watch, even punish his friends.  I expect a lot of looking the other way in America's Government-Corporate Monstrosity.  The money's too big and power too heady. 

Update 4-6-17:  Rep. Conaway will head up the House investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election.  He replaces Chair Devon Nunes

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They can appoint a bulldog, a watchdog or a lapdog. Guess which they appointed.