Skip to comments.House ethics chair a job that's gotten tougher
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.
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Can’t someone get Pelosi for a serious conflict of interest?
No bias here. Just move along.
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?
Gee, if they had any eithics; it might not be as tough.
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.
Pilosi raises lots and lots of money. All those transactions can’t be clean and pure.
|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.
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.
**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.
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.
How can there be a House Ethics Panel if there are no ethics in the House? Am I missing something?