Skip to comments.Boehner taps Alabama Republican to lead ethics committee in GOP House
Posted on 12/29/2010 1:05:20 PM PST by jazusamo
Incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has tapped Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) to be chairman of the ethics committee in the GOP-led House.
In his announcement, Boehner said Bonner is widely respected on both sides of the aisle and has a deep appreciation for the importance of both ethics education and enforcement in the House.
The American people have every right to expect the highest standards of ethical conduct from their elected leaders, and it is important for members of both the majority and the minority to work together to ensure that such standards are observed and respected at all times within the institution, Boehner said in a written statement. A functioning Ethics Committee will be central to that effort in the 112th Congress.
I am confident that as chairman, he will work with the other members of the Ethics Committee to ensure there is accountability at all times in the Peoples House, Boehner continued. I look forward to working with him, and Im grateful for his willingness to serve.
Although not surprising, the move amounts to a rejection of calls to reconstitute the panel and appoint an entirely new roster. Bonner served as the committees ranking member during a rocky period for the panel throughout the last Congress.
Over the last two years, the panel was fraught with partisan infighting, and faced criticism for its handling of several investigations, including probes of Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
At one point during the summer, Bonner took the unusual step of publicly criticizing then-ethics Chairwoman Zoe Logren (D-Calif.) for failing to schedule Rangels ethics trial before the November midterm elections. He accused her of playing politics with the ethics process.
The House censured Rangel in early December, but the Waters case is still pending. The panel indefinitely delayed her public trial in late November and put the lead attorney on the case, as well as an assisting attorney, on administrative leave without explanation.
Blake Chisam, the ethics committee chief counsel and staff director who was hand-selected by Lofgren, wanted to fire the two attorneys on the Waters case on Nov. 19, but Bonner objected, according to knowledgeable sources.
Chisam tendered his resignation before the election and left the committee in mid-December.
Also in mid-December, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), a member of the panel, said the committees integrity was in jeopardy unless Boehner appointed an entirely new slate of members. Several ethics watchdogs echoed that call.
Democrats have not said whether Logren will remain on the panel as ranking member.
......wolves discussing the unexpected killing of several chickens.
“said Bonner is widely respected on both sides of the aisle and has a deep appreciation for the importance of both ethics education and enforcement in the House.
Are they really going to miss the point again?!?
Turn Social Security into 401ks
Turn Medicare into Medical Savings accounts
Repeal Obamacare and Bushprescription care
Eliminate all Corporate subsidies
Eliminate all subsidies
Extremely reduce foreign aid
Abolish Dept of Ed., Dept of Energy, Dept of Commerce, IRS, OSHA, EPA, etc. etc.
There is no honor amongst thieves. It has always been amusing to me that the most corruptable body of human beings in America would actually try to convince people they care about ethics...Ethics? Washington? Somehow the word ‘oxymoron’ comes to mind.
Agreed. The Rangel thing was nothing but a fiasco. What happens now with the new committee and Maxine will tell us whether there'll be a change, which I doubt. I'd guess Zoe Lofgren will exit the committee which would help matters.
h Boy! A white guy from Alabama in charge of the Maxine Waters hearing! That should make for some good theater!
“...Bonner is widely respected on both sides of the aisle...”
That he is respected by the RATS worries the hell out of me.
We can email and call Boehner to point this out; it is a good action to take. I did it.
Concur..he should have named Allen West as chair...
“We can email and call Boehner to point this out; it is a good action to take. I did it.”
Great. I’ll send one off as well. I’m an Ohioan.... not in his district though.
I don’t want someone who is ‘liked by both sides of the aisle’ I’d rather they be feared... :-) So far the only ‘going across the aisle’ has been ‘reach arounds’ by the Democrats.
It was he, Boehner their families and staff along with 5-6 other members of the house (their families and staff) that took a two week vacation around the world on our dime a couple years ago.
Too many RINO's still for me.
I voted against Bonner in the last election. But, he won by big numbers.
Thanks and sorry to hear that. I’ve followed the Rangel/Waters things and through the whole mess there was little said about Bonner. I had hopes that he’d run things diffently but it doesn’t seem he will.