Saturday, November 20, 2004

News report thread

Any interesting news reports to clarify where they stand? Here is one report to start us off:

Jo Ann Emerson (MO). Opposed, but did not vote.
Southeast Missourian: "Emerson was out of the room when the vote was taken. The Southeast Missouri congresswoman said several lawmakers were out of the room when the party leadership suddenly called for a voice vote on the issue."

Update: Three Blind New Jersey Mice. See how they run.

LoBiondo, Garrett, and Saxton were all outed by the Asbury Park Press. I have updated below. They were listed as Letter-Writers.

Update: A reader just emailed me this (thanks!), which I had not gotten to yet -- David Brooks in the New York Times. Read it. Here is a choice excerpt, among many:

Finally, House Republicans did not rise up to denounce DeLay because while they know he represents some of the political tendencies they came to Washington to reform, none of them is pure enough to cast the first stone. They've all voted for the big deficits they vowed to combat. They've all watched the walls between the public servants and the private lobbyists get washed away.

If Republicans are going to recover the reformist spirit, they're going to have to do more than lessen the influence of Tom DeLay.

But let's face it, the problem starts there. Tom DeLay is a scandal waiting to happen. He casts himself as the enemy of Washington, but he's really a conventional (if effective) pol who wants to use dollars to entrench power. He represents the greatest danger the Republicans face, bossism. He wants to be the G.O.P.'s Boss Tweed.

This is what we have unleashed this week. Keep it up.


    (per Austin Paulnack, syracusemoveon coordinator)

    DeLay gets backing from CNY legislators--
    Majority leader will be allowed to keep post if he is indicted in Texas.
    Friday, November 19, 2004 By Peter Lyman
    Newhouse Washington bureau

    All three of Central New York's congressmen support a change allowing House leaders to keep their posts even if charged with felonies, but only one of them was in the room when the Republican caucus approved the change Wednesday.

    In an unrecorded voice vote, GOP members threw out a requirement that House leaders must surrender their leadership posts if they are indicted on felony charges. The move is aimed at protecting Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who has been mentioned in connection with a Texas case in which three of his political associates have been indicted. DeLay has not been charged.

    Rep. James Walsh,R-Onondaga, was present when the vote was taken in a closed meeting. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-New Hartford, was at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for follow-up care related to heart surgery he had in September. Rep. John McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, was in a House Armed Services subcommittee meeting.

    Walsh supported the rule change because he believes such issues must be decided on a case-by-case basis, according to the specific circumstances, said spokesman Dan Gage.

    Boehlert also supported the change because the case in question involve state charges, not federal, and may be influenced by partisan politics, according to spokesman Sam Marchio.

    McHugh, a member of the steering committee of the House GOP caucus, also expressed support for the rule change.

    "Indictments canbe used as political tools," McHugh said. "This DA in Texas has a record of political indictments."

    Austin District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, is investigating fund-raising activities by a political action committee closely associated with DeLay. In the early 1990s, an Earle investigation led to charges against Kay Bailey Hutchison, then a Texas official and now a Republican senator. Those charges were later dropped.

    The rule at issue was adopted by House Republicans in 1993, when they were in the minority. At the time, it was seen as a way of spotlighting the ethical problems of prominent House Democrats.
    © 2004 The Syracuse Post-Standard.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:17 PM  

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