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House ethics chair a job that's gotten tougher
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/10 | John Diaz

Posted on 08/15/2010 9:25:24 AM PDT by SmithL

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from San Jose, knew she had one of the toughest assignments in Washington when Speaker Nancy Pelosi called just before President Obama's 2009 inauguration. Pelosi, who had famously pledged to create "the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history," wanted Lofgren to chair the House ethics panel, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

"She called me at home," Lofgren recalled. "I don't remember her exact words, but she said it was something important to do, she thought I would do it well and she needed me."

Lofgren asked for a chance to discuss it with her husband - as she does all consequential life decisions, especially one with the time commitment of this position - but there was never any doubt that she, with her reverence for the institution and loyalty to Pelosi, would answer the call to duty.

"It was dread," Lofgren said in a recent phone interview. Even the routine tasks can strain relations with colleagues.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; ethicscommittee; rats
Just blame Bush and MoveOn.
1 posted on 08/15/2010 9:25:30 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Can’t someone get Pelosi for a serious conflict of interest?


2 posted on 08/15/2010 9:27:02 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SmithL
To her credit, Pelosi has shown no signs of wavering on her ethical commitment

No bias here. Just move along.

3 posted on 08/15/2010 9:31:50 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SmithL
Pelosi, who had famously pledged to create "the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history

Sure which is why she routinely has this Congress voting on 2 thousand plus page bills 12 hours after those bills are written.

At what point does our Journolist media wake up to the fact that it is this sort of slavish, mindlessly regurgitation of political propaganda as "news" that is destroying what little creditability they have left with average Americans?

4 posted on 08/15/2010 9:36:44 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: SmithL

Gee, if they had any eithics; it might not be as tough.


5 posted on 08/15/2010 9:46:04 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SmithL

It’s hard to run an Ethics Committee when all the offenders are Democrats—and black, to boot.

Time to frame another Republican. Just wait for it.


6 posted on 08/15/2010 9:51:29 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Paladin2

Pilosi raises lots and lots of money. All those transactions can’t be clean and pure.


7 posted on 08/15/2010 9:54:41 AM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: SmithL
ethics chair a job that's gotten tougher

I know what they mean. A buddy of mine is the head of diversity for the Black Panthers. Hardest job he's ever had.


8 posted on 08/15/2010 10:25:47 AM PDT by Nick Danger (Pin the fail on the donkey)
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To: Paladin2; oyez

She’s apparently managed to keep the link between her and the extension of a minimum wage exemption to American Samoa where Starkist (based in her home district in San Francisco) processes lots of tuna hidden.


9 posted on 08/15/2010 10:43:07 AM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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To: Nick Danger

**ethics chair a job that’s gotten tougher**

How TOUGH can it be?? Only have to weed out the 12 or so that have absolutely NO Ethics problems.. then you can gun for the Rest.


10 posted on 08/15/2010 10:52:21 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Liberals are like a Slinky. They make you smile when you push them down the stairs.)
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To: SmithL
Zoe Lofgren?

Um - a real "eagle-eye" during the Clinton impeachment doings in the House. She rendered a very warped "reading" of the Federalist Papers on "high crimes."

Yup - That Zoe Lofgren.

11 posted on 08/15/2010 11:07:37 AM PDT by jamaksin
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To: SmithL

How can there be a House Ethics Panel if there are no ethics in the House? Am I missing something?


12 posted on 08/15/2010 11:24:07 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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