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Resolution threatens power of Office of Congressional Ethics (Marcia Fudge Alert)
Washington Post ^ | 06/04/2010 | WaPo Editorial Board

Posted on 06/04/2010 8:37:18 AM PDT by OldDeckHand

TALK ABOUT BLAMING the messenger. The newly created Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog set up to review and, if warranted, forward ethics complaints to the official House ethics committee for further action, has taken its mission seriously. Too seriously, it seems, for the comfort of some lawmakers. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), joined by 19 other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, last week introduced a resolution that would essentially neuter the ethics board, making it more difficult for OCE to launch investigations and inform the public of its findings.

Ms. Fudge said in a statement that she acted to make the process fairer; OCE, she said, "is currently the accuser, judge and jury." It's not too hard to imagine other motivations for Ms. Fudge's concerns. Her chief of staff, Dawn Kelly Mobley, was admonished by the ethics committee for her role in helping a group of Black Caucus members improperly obtain an all-expenses-paid trip to the Caribbean -- this when Ms. Mobley was the ethics lawyer for Ms. Fudge's predecessor, the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and Ms. Tubbs Jones was chairing the ethics committee. Four of the lawmakers who went on the Caribbean trip signed on to Ms. Fudge's resolution: Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.) and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.).

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blackcaucus; cbc; congress; house
It's SHOCKING to see WaPo do a Friday editorial on this. I would prefer a front page story, but this isn't bad.

John Boehner should be talking about this, not the Paul McCartney debacle.

1 posted on 06/04/2010 8:37:18 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

IOW, Don be stikin yo nose in my bidnez..........

2 posted on 06/04/2010 8:40:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (There can be a fine line between having a vision and having a hallucination........)
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To: OldDeckHand

The hypocricy abounds with the Leftards.

3 posted on 06/04/2010 8:42:19 AM PDT by wac3rd (Gulf oil spews...Obama sues.)
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To: OldDeckHand

If these people would act ethically there would be nothing to fear. Seems to me that where there is smoke there is probably fire.

4 posted on 06/04/2010 8:45:06 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: OldDeckHand

WE BE black.
WE BE democrat.
WE BE special.
WE BE above the law.

Don’t touch the WE BE’S.

5 posted on 06/04/2010 8:46:14 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: IMR 4350

The law doesn’t exist where it is not enforced.

America has no rule of law. We’re seeing that fact everywhere we look.

6 posted on 06/04/2010 8:48:56 AM PDT by butterdezillion (.)
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To: OldDeckHand

A House committee doing it’s job - holding government accountable for following basic rules on ethics? That’s a SHOCKING story and worthy of front page, above the fold placement.

7 posted on 06/04/2010 9:04:24 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: butterdezillion
Been there.
Done that.

I lived in Corpus Christi in the 80’s.
The police had what was referred to as the baseball rule. Three strikes before they were out.
The level of corruption was unbelievable.

I had a run in with a CC police officer. Everybody went into cover up mode.

An assistant district attorney threatened to send me to the pen on trumped up charges. I told her I would meet her in the courtroom. She let me know I'd never live to walk into a courtroom.

I had at least three attempts against my life. One of the attempts a cop totaled a cruiser trying to take me out.

People better start waking up as to what is going on.

These left wing freakshow’s idea of a perfect society is one where they are not held accountable.

8 posted on 06/04/2010 10:10:25 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: IMR 4350

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

When will we get it into our thick skulls and do something about it?

What the Mexican druglords are doing will be on every street in America if we don’t wake up and find a way to hold government, media, and law enforcement accountable to the law and to us.

9 posted on 06/04/2010 10:53:41 AM PDT by butterdezillion (.)
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