class of 2010

Putting lipstick on a fundraiser

Yesterday, we reported on the news that newly-elected Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick missed the official swearing in ceremony on Tuesday to go to what appeared to be a fundraiser. Of course, Fitzpatrick started a push back almost immediately. According to Roll Call (subscription required), "Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.) was attending a celebration in the Capitol Visitor Center with supporters that his campaign bused in from Pennsylvania.

I solemnly swear...to raise money

News broke today that two House members, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and freshman Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), may not have actually been properly sworn in to the House yesterday. They were at the Capitol Visitors Center--and just holding up your right hand while watching it on TV may not do the trick.

Strange Bedfellows: The Tea Party and Campaign Finance Reformers?

The Los Angeles Times editorialized today on how the Tea Party, and their advocates in the new Congress, should support campaign finance reform if they are true to their populist ideals and anti-special interest message.