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Bush backs DeLay

It's incredible that he's even being asked. From Congress Daily:


Bush Lends DeLaySupport; Hastert Defends Rules Changes

Convenient the Ethics Committee is closed.

From Congress Daily:

It's time for DeLay to go. Join us.

Tom DeLay is a national embarrassment. It's time for DeLay to resign from Congress.

Today, Public Campaign Action Fund is launching a new campaign to force Tom DeLay to step down. His corrupt pay-to-play politics, complete disregard for any ethics guidelines, and power hungry brand of partisanship all leads us -- and we hope you -- to demand his resignation.

Congressional Ethics Coalition sends a letter to Hastert and Pelosi

We signed on to this letter (PDF) to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging that they initiate an ethics inquiry into the stories from this past week involving travel expenses paid for by registered lobbyists and registered foreign agents.

Congressmen Bass and Bradley, take note

Congressman Charlie Bass (R-NH) and Congressman Jeb Bradley (R-NH) should take special note of the ending to this editorial from today's Keene Sentinel:

What? Ethics?


Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute had the best quotes of the 60 Minutes piece, in my humble opinion. (Apologies to colleague and friend Craig McDonald and Mr. Earle.)

From the transcript on the CBS website:

Would this be considered a technicality – a way to revolve around a definition of administrative?

Rumor mill's a-churn'

Unsubstantiated rumors about Tom DeLay. (Thanks to Houtopia for the tip.)

Campaign for America's Future kicks off "Most Corrupt Congress Ever" campaign

Here's their opening salvo.

Lots of activity today... stay tuned.

The first Monday of the New Year is starting with a bang... I am working on a few posts with lots of updates, news stories, reports from a press conference by seven groups (including Public Campaign/Public Campaign Action Fund) calling on Congress to clean up its act, etc. etc. etc.


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -- a great group -- was threatened with contempt of Congress for helping Rep. Chris Bell (D-TX) draft and file the ethics complaint against Tom DeLay, according to the RAW STORY.