Monday, June 27, 2005

More Bad News for Hastings

It seems to be one thing after another for House Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hastings (R-WA). First, it's revealed that he had "close connections" to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's Seattle-based lobbying firm, and had even taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.

Now, it appears he failed to report a trip to Stuart Island, British Columbia, paid for by Washington Group International, a company that is deeply involved in the costly clean-up of Hanford Nuclear Researvation. The company was Hastings' top contributor to his 2004 re-election, giving $10,200, Alicia Mundy of The Seattle Times reports.

It also turns out he accepted a $7,800 trip to England in 2000 from a company he recommended for a multi-billion dollar contract in the clean-up of Hanford.

Hastings spokeswoman claims both trips were "absolutely appropriate and permissable."

Permissable, perhaps, but accepting lavish vacations from companies who are counting on you for multi-billion dollar contracts certainly raises a few eyebrows, no?

As if we hadn't already seen enough evidence pointing to the need for an outside counsel to investigate the House lobbying scandals...

158 Comments:

  • Just now lodged my opinion at Doc Hastings' office...that he should step down as head of the ethics committe. Woman who took the call was totally neutral. She did ask for my name...Maybe they want to know how many real individuals are calling? I hope

    By Blogger Roberta, at 1:00 PM  

  • Called Hastings's office to demand he step down and stop giving a scumbag like DeLay a "free ride". The woman on the other end was like, "Okay, I'll pass your comment on to Chairman Hastings" - as arrogant as you please like we can't do anything to hurt him!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:02 PM  

  • Called Rep. Hasting's office and suggested he resign. Left name.

    By Anonymous John, at 1:03 PM  

  • Called, requested that Doc Hastings step down from the ethics committee. Left name and where I'm calling from (San Francisco)

    By Anonymous Peter, at 1:06 PM  

  • I placed a call to Doc Hasting and got a machine I left the following message." Doc Hastings please appoint a
    outside cousel to investigate Tho DeLay my name is.... my address is..... and my e-mail address is........
    and my phone number is........Thank you very much."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:09 PM  

  • I called and suggested Hastings resign and an independent counsel be appointed. The man who took my call was very polite. He asked me to spell my name and the city in Florida where I live. Melissa

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:10 PM  

  • called and gave my opinion to lady answering phone -- she was neutral and said she would pass on my opinion. she did ask for name and where i live.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:11 PM  

  • Call his office and demand he resign. I did. Its the only proper thing to do.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:12 PM  

  • I called and asked for him to step down, if he can't abide by the rules he is supposed to be upholding we don't need him there either, perhaps he needs investigating too.

    Alice Walls
    Bar Harbor Me

    By Anonymous Alice Walls, at 1:13 PM  

  • I called, discussed the issue with a staffer and advised him that Doc Hastings shouldn't be chair of the ethics commitee when his own ethics are questionable.

    By Anonymous Cearbhallain, at 1:16 PM  

  • I just called Doc Hastings' office and asked that he resign as head of ethic committe and get some action on Delay investigation. The woman was very nice about it, asked for my name and location, and said she would pass my message on.

    By Anonymous Robert, at 1:17 PM  

  • I called the office. The women on the line plead ignorance. "I don't have that information", "not that I know of", "I'll pass that along"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:20 PM  

  • I called, introduced myself and where I'm from (Seattle) and politely asserted that Doc Hastings needs to step down and support the appointment of unbiased outside counsel. As other callers who have posted here have said, the woman who took the call seemed neutral, although I thought I could detect a certain coldness to her voice after she learned why I was calling.

    By Anonymous John, at 1:20 PM  

  • Called Hastings' office and suggested that he pursue Lay vigorously, play by the rules, and step down, thank you--and that he reply to me via e-mail. Clueless call-taker promised he would and said that he really didn't know much about the issues, was just answering the phone.

    By Anonymous Angus, at 1:21 PM  

  • I called Hasting's number and got his answer phone--I left message asking for his resignation from the ethics comm.
    Bob

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:22 PM  

  • Called Hasting's office and suggested that if he couldn't appoint a special counsel to investigate Delay that he should step down immediately. The woman was polite and asked where I was calling from--California--and said she would pass on the messsage.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:22 PM  

  • The womqan who took my call at Hastings' office asked me if I was accusing him of being guilty of the allegations against him. I told her that the perception was there that he could be guilty and therefore he should recuse himself from any hearings about similar allegations against Tom DeLay. She took my name and where I am from.
    Claudette

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:23 PM  

  • Sorry I wasn't polite when I called Doc Hastings office. I was at first, but when the caller told me that the ethics committee has a hard time even meeting because of the Democrats (!)
    I had to tell the speaker that he was full of shit.
    And I hung up.
    Couldn't help myself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:26 PM  

  • I only asked that he appaoint counsel to investigate. She was polite & asked my state.

    By Anonymous June, at 1:28 PM  

  • on June 27th, 2005, at 11:25 PST, I called Doc Hastingsoffice & spoke to Stephanie (probably, secretary) sharing with her my DISGUST & OUTRAGE for the refusal of Doc to allow a private investigation into his financial conduct, PARTICULARLY, since he's the CHAIRperson of the Ethics committee-a thing that we, the people, (citizens, residents,legal aliens & others...)of this country-hopefully, its STRONG moral fabric, are NOT going to allow such reprehensible fact continue for much longer! I added RECRUITING people to join a petition for his IMMEDIATE ACCOUNTABLITY (which, if deemed necessary by all due justice process, should be REPLACED!!!

    tephanie took my personal information, thanked me for the call & promised that she'd pass on my comments...

    By Blogger Avi K., at 1:28 PM  

  • All I got was voice mail - so I said my say and hung up. Did give full name, address and phone number, as requested in the VM message.

    By Anonymous Kay, at 1:29 PM  

  • The young woman who answered was very polite and took my name and where I was calling from. I only wish the line had been busy and that I'd had to call repeatedly to get through. Call people!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:30 PM  

  • Just called and asked the person who answered the phone why no hearing was being conducted about the DeLay situation.
    I was informed that there were 5 democrats and 5 republicans and that the thing was deadlocked.
    I then asked why in the world was he not asking someone else to do the deed and the answer was that he would pass on my comments to Hastings.
    My guess is that code for goodbye!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM  

  • Called to demand that Rep. Hastings step down as chair of the House Ethics committee. The gentleman who took my call asked for my name and town and state of residence.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM  

  • I called on Monday, June 27 and left a message on voicemail with my name, address and telephone number.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM  

  • Called and spoke with young lady at Hastings office. Told her I wanted to know what Corporation would pay for a trip and then be a leading contributor to the campaign ? She said she would take my opinion, and I told her I did not agree with the ethics involved with this and taking money from Tom Delay's PAC..Told her it was wrong. The lady asked my name and what area I was calling from. I gave her the inforamtaion and thanked her for relaying my concern.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM  

  • Just called Doc Hastings' office and was told that my message would be passed along.

    By Anonymous Margaret Babcock, at 1:31 PM  

  • I called Doc Hasting's office, was surprised not to get a busy signal. The fellow who answered was polite and neutral, thanked me for calling, did not take my name.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:33 PM  

  • the barbie clone that answered the phone was "amused" possibly considering she had no idea what was being discussed. i stated in no uncertain terms that delay is the dirtiest congressman i've seen since the nixon debacle and should wish to save his own skin and avoid prison, "doc" should resign or appoint outside counsel, there is no excuse for this.
    received the standard scripted line,
    "i will be happy to let the chairman know of your opinion". TRANSLATION: DEEP SIX THIS CALL, IT'LL NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.

    By Blogger labwitch1954, at 1:33 PM  

  • Obviously democracy no longer works in the United States - we cannot get enough people to pay attention to the issues. Maybe someone should create a new sitcom about Tom DeLay - it's the only way to really get people's attention these days - and, you might have a hit on your hands too!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:33 PM  

  • I just talked to a young man in his office, he was very polite, took my comments and said he would pass them along to Mr. Hastings.

    Alan
    Dallas, TX

    By Anonymous Alan, at 1:33 PM  

  • "Stepaanie" has probly had it by now, male voice on the phone. said Doc has no plans to resign. "I'll pass your concerns along"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:34 PM  

  • Could only leave a message; they're not picking up (or perhaps are getting too many calls to handle in person). Said "Shame on you!" and told him that U.S. citizens want someone to head the ethics committee who is actually qualified to do so...not someone whose own ethics are so questionable. Also left my name/state info.

    By Anonymous marcy, at 1:34 PM  

  • I called and talked to a female staffer. They wanted to know where I lived so that they could keep track of where the calls are comming from. We need to keep the pressure on! The more people who call, themore powerful we become. Personally, I am tired of having my country and elections bought and stolen by a few rich greddy ********! The staffer was netruel, as they are trained to be.

    By Anonymous Jeanne C. Koopman, at 1:37 PM  

  • I called, a polite woman answered, I requested Mr. Hasting's immediate resignation from the ethics commitee, she asked where I was calling from, I replied "Washington, DC", she thanked for my call & we said our goodbyes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:37 PM  

  • I said I'd HAD it with this kind of conduct & wanted Hastings to resign and appoint an outside counsel. The answerer said he would "pass on the message".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:40 PM  

  • Called Hasting's office asking him to appt an outside counsel. Took my name and said she'd pass it on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:40 PM  

  • Called Hastings office and got very polite (obviously) young lady. Asked where I was from and said would pass on my comments re returning to decent ethical stndards.
    Syd

    By Anonymous Syd, at 1:42 PM  

  • I called at2:29pm and taled to a female staffer whose attitude was matter of fact. I told her I was tired of my country being sold to the highest bidder, and if President Clinton could be impeached for a bj, he should stand aside and let the investiogations begin! Also let her know that I went to Congressmen McCotter's office with petitions asking for that investigation and I wasn't going to let this matter drop!

    By Blogger Jeanne C. Koopman, at 1:43 PM  

  • I called Congressman Hastings's office, and left him this message. I said that it was more than tme for him to resign as head of the ethic committe as he has none. The lady that answered was neutral as she asked for my name and state.
    M. Wimberley

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:43 PM  

  • JUST SPOKE TO HASTINGS OFFICE. I GAVE MY NAME AT THE OUTSET AND ASKED THAT THEY FORWARD MY MESSAGE TO THE CONGRESSMAN ASAP. SAID THAT I THOUGHT HE SHOULD STEP DOWN FROM THE ETHICS COMMITTEE, PRONTO. AND ALSO THAT HE SHOULD SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL WITH REGARD TO DELAY. WHEN I WAS THROUGH THE PERSON ASKED ME WHERE I WAS CALLING FROM........I AM A RESIDENT OF TEXAS.........JANET DUAINE

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 PM  

  • I called. My message was accepted politely and I was asked where I was calling from. I told them California and I was thanked for my call.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:52 PM  

  • Called Hastings office and told receptionist I didn't feel Hastings was fit to be chairman of ethics committee since he is embroiled in ethics violations himself. Also suggested the he step down. She asked my name and where I was calling from and said she would pass info to the chairman.

    By Anonymous Yvonne, at 1:52 PM  

  • Called and spoke with a very polite young lady. Told her Hastings should resign from ethics commitee since he has taken money from DeLay and obviously can't be impartial. Also, pointed out that since he refuses to appoint outside counsel to investigate his own ethics are very much in question. I told her I am tired of it and that I will be sending letters to all major newspapers and magazines in this country, with the hope that some will choose to publish. She asked me for my name and state (which I gave her--Michigan) and she thanked me for me comments and said she would pass my concerns along. Yeah, right.

    Keep those calls going, folks....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:58 PM  

  • I voiced my opinion to have Doc Hastings resign to a young man who responded by saying he will pass on my message to the Rep Hastings.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:00 PM  

  • Doc Hastings yet anouther member of the Bush Crime family that belongs behind bars in Iraq for crimes against humanity.

    By Anonymous Al A Anderson, at 2:01 PM  

  • I just called Hasting's office and explained I wasn't happy with the way Doc Hasting accepted a free trip, he didn't disclose it, however , he was very generous with nice contracts paid for with my money. I offered that I was from Iowa City, and wasn’t in his district, however, I did counter as head of the Ethics Committee he was in fact representing me. The ‘first-class’ young women who took my message was very courteous when she explained that since I wasn’t in Hasting’s district I wouldn’t receive a letter with an explanation, but she would make note I called. She did take down my name.
    Irvin Pfab

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:02 PM  

  • His ethics (Doc Hastings) match those of the rest of the Bush Crime family and he also belongs in jail with them.
    I called the Office of the Doc and he was out but a nice lady gave him my not so nice message and wanted to know where I live. I wonder did she want a date>

    By Blogger Al Anderson, at 2:04 PM  

  • Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

    29 have been accused of spousal abuse

    7 have been arrested for fraud

    19 have been accused of writing bad checks

    117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses

    3 have done time for assault

    71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit

    14 have been arrested on drug-related charges

    8 have been arrested for shoplifting

    21 are currently defendants in lawsuits

    84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

    Can you guess which organization this is?

    Give up yet?

    It's the 535 members of the United States Congress.

    The same group of Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in
    line.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:10 PM  

  • Just phoned Hastings' office and requested that he step down as chairman. Woman was polite and asked for my name and address.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:11 PM  

  • I called Doc's office--a polite woman answered and asked for my name---I did not leave my name, only opinion and quoted from newspaper articles...maybe I should have left name but this administration has generated such fear,outrage and arrogance by their abuse of power that I am reminded of Joe McCarthy days.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:13 PM  

  • Reached the Doc's office.Told his receptionist that I had just finished reading about his ethics violations and want a special prosecutor and for him to resign as chair.
    CB Baltimore

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:14 PM  

  • Called, man answered. Gave message. He said he would pass it on. I said "Is this your only comment. He said, "It is."

    By Anonymous Mary West, at 2:17 PM  

  • I called Hastings office today, 06/27/05 at 12:05 PM. I spoke with someone named Kate. I told her Hastings should resign since he is unwilling to investigate Tom Delay. I also told her it is high time for the government to get out of the business of corruption. She said she will pass my message on. I gave her my name and told her I live in California.

    By Blogger ELEDA, at 2:18 PM  

  • I Called Hastings office and demanded resignation from his chairmans post and to appoint outside counsel to address Delay's issues as well his own. The person answering the call seemed a little perplexed, (like another call?) hopefully alot more calls are coming in with this same request, although he was pleasent and told me that he would pass this information on to the chairman.

    By Anonymous Fla.Mike, at 2:18 PM  

  • Just called and left message that Hastings needs either to appoint a neutral staff -- to investigate DeLay and maybe him, too -- or to resign. The woman to whom I spoke was polite, said she would pass the message on, and asked me to repeat my name and location. I hope the latter was not to place me on an enemies list!

    By Anonymous Rick Adler, at 2:19 PM  

  • I just called Doc Hastings' office and told the aide that, as a Washington state resident, it was very embarrassing for me to have, as part of our state delegation. a representative who is so caught up in such unethical behaviors, and urged him to step down. She took my name and said she would pass it on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:19 PM  

  • I called just now - gal on the phone was curteous and allowed as how she'd passon my disgust for the situation. Took my name and address.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:23 PM  

  • GOT A DAMN MESSAGE. NO HUMAN BEING IS TAKING CALLS IT APPEARS. LEFT A BLISTERING DEMAND THAT DOC RESIGN HIS ETHICS POST IMMEDIATELY! DON'T HE UNDERSTAND THAT WE VOTERS ARE FED UP WITH GOOD OL' BOY POLITICIANS WHO ARE BOUGHT-AND-PAID-FOR?

    By Anonymous MOONMOUNTAIN, at 2:25 PM  

  • My name is Bruce Wald. I live in Eugene, Oregon but I point out that my wife and I grew up in Spokane.

    I gave my name. I suggested that Doc Hastings step down from his chairmanshsip and appoint a special counsel. The person on the other end was neutral and thanked me for the call.

    By Blogger Herkimer, at 2:26 PM  

  • Seems that nobobody is taking calls at Doc Hastings number and I was invited to leave a message together with my phone number and address.
    Doc Hastings must have got a lot of negative calls recently, wonder why?

    Roger Crook

    By Anonymous roger crook, at 2:26 PM  

  • I called Rep. Hasting's office and said he should think about stepping down as head of the House Ethics committee because he apparently failed to disclose that he received money from a corporation for which he obtained a contract. In addition, I said, he should appoint a special counsel to investigate this and other ethics violations, including Tom DeLay's. She said she would be happy to pass along my comment, and she asked for, and I gave her, my name and address.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:26 PM  

  • Orcas Island, WA

    I just called Doc Hastings office to tell "The Chairman" it was way past time to appoint outside council to investigate Tom DeLay.

    I gave my name and where I was calling from, and said that the stink from THAT Washington was wafting all the way to this one.

    The young lady was polite, and said she would pass on my message.

    By Anonymous Irmgard Conley, at 2:29 PM  

  • I did not call. I think we should be calling democratic congressmen and demand that they call for Doc Hastings resignation and that they call for investigating Tom Delay. And while they are at it they should call for a investigation of the Downing Street Memo. After all, that is their job.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:31 PM  

  • I called Hasting's office. A young woman answered the phone. I told her that I was very upset about the allegations about him and that even the appearance of impropriety for his position was unacceptable. I told her it was unfathomable that he has failed to call for an independent counsel. I then said I thought he should step down from the ethics committee. She then asked for my name and where I was calling from. She was pleasant enough and told me she would pass along my message, but of course it felt like lip service. She is going to get tired of lip service as the calls roll in today.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:33 PM  

  • Called and spoke to please young woman, asking her to urge him to appoint independent counsel. She said she'd pass it on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:34 PM  

  • I called Hastings office today and talked to a receptionist and requesting that Hastings resign from the Ethics Committe because of receiving paid trips by corporations he helped with favors. I asked her to tell him to step down and appoint an outside counsel. She was polite and asked for my name and address, which I gave to her, so that Hastings could contact me.

    Randall Curtis

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:34 PM  

  • I just called Doc Hastings office (12:register my opinion about his refusal to appoint outside counsel on DeLay and asked Doc Hastings to step down as Head of Ethics Committee. The woman who answered the phone was a 'perky', non - confrontational, message taker. She asked for my name and where I was calling from and then said she would pass on the information.

    By Anonymous Fran, at 2:34 PM  

  • Called Hasting's office to ask his position on appointing an outside counsel to investigate DeLay. The woman who answered said she didn't know because committee actions were confidential. I left a message that Rep. Hastings should either allow such an appointment or step aside so someone else could. She asked for my name and where I was calling from.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:40 PM  

  • I just called Rep. Hasting's office with my comment that he should appoint an independent commission to handle the ethics scandals and his secretary promised to "pass my message on to the chairman" after taking down where I was calling from.

    By Anonymous Kyle, at 2:40 PM  

  • Called Hasting's office to ask his position on appointing an outside counsel to investigate DeLay. The woman who answered said she didn't know because committee actions were confidential. I left a message that Rep. Hastings should either allow such an appointment or step aside so someone else could. She asked for my name and where I was calling from.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:40 PM  

  • I called Rep Hastings office to ask him to step down as Chair of the Ethics Committee and to support the appointment of a special prosecutor. I spoke to a courteous woman who asked my name and where I was calling from.

    By Anonymous Myra, at 2:41 PM  

  • Called to request that Mr. Hastings step out of the way and allow outside counsel to investigate the Delay ethics charges. Same response as other callers - polite, asked for my name and location and said she would pass it on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:45 PM  

  • I called and spoke with a very pleasant young woman who took my comment, asked for my name and what part of the country I was calling from.
    I'll expect a GOP goon squad will show up at my home in the near future or maybe I'll get audited by the IRS. These are Proto Nazis after all

    By Anonymous Gregerz, at 2:45 PM  

  • Phoned Hastings's office to ask that he appoint an outside legal counsel to investigate the House lobbying scandals. Pleasant staff person asked for my name and where I'm calling from, and said she would pass on my comment to Chairman Hastings.

    By Anonymous Jane, at 2:45 PM  

  • Called Hasting's office and spoke with a polite women who took my name and state (california) ....and my request for Doc Hastings to resign as ethics committee chair immediately and support the appointment of an outside counsel. Said she'd pass my comment to him. I was suprised how quickly the phone was answered...I was hoping they were more inundated with calls.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:46 PM  

  • Just spoke with Hasting's office and a polite young lady said she would relay the message to him. She asked my name and where I lived.

    By Anonymous Robert Gotcher, at 2:50 PM  

  • I called Hasting's office and asked that he step down and appoint an independent counsel. The woman who answered was polite and took my name and location.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:51 PM  

  • Very polite woman took my name and state (NY).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:52 PM  

  • Calld Doc Hastings office and left the message that I feel that he should step down as the chairman of the Ethics committee. I live in Colorado - I also requested to the person I spoke with for Mr. hastings to appoint an outside counsel to look at charges against Tom Delay and himself. What a shame!!! These men have no self awareness... Tom

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:56 PM  

  • Called Doc Hastings' office, said he should resign from the ethics committee. A young man took my call, was neutral, took down my name, told him where I was from, can't remember if he asked.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:58 PM  

  • I called Hastings Office and was greeted by a polite youn woman. She took my message and inquiried about my location.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:00 PM  

  • I called Congressman Hastings office and gave the young woman who answered the telephone, my name and that I was calling from Houston, Texas. I asked her to ask Hastings, "Why won't he appoint an independent counsel to investigate Delay?" She politely thanked me. I offered to give her my email address and she said they don't take them. I asked how was he going to answer my question, and she told me it was a rhetorical question. I told her, no, it was not, and repeated the question. She then took my name and mailing address and thanked me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:10 PM  

  • I talked to a woman in Doc Hasting's office who told me that she had no information on the reason that Doc Hastings was holding back the investigation into Delay. Her reason was that all Ethics Committee matters were confidential. She asked for my name and where I was calling from. I told her I thought that Rep. Hastings should step down as the chair of an ethics committee which had no ethics.

    By Anonymous Jan, at 3:14 PM  

  • They've stopped answering the phone in the congressman's office. I wonder why. I left a message telling Hastings to resign and let some decent people get in office. I left my name and home town. Austin, TX. Bob Russell

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:19 PM  

  • I called today and asked Hastings to step down from his chairmanship of the committe. The woman on the phone was very neutral, took my name and state and said she would pass the info on. I really wonder if she will...

    By Anonymous Frank W., at 3:26 PM  

  • The kind young lady graciously accepted my comments about this situation. I told her I was a Rep from Austin TX who is tired of the same ole stuff & to appt someone unbiased to investigate. JJ Austin TX

    By Anonymous Jerry Johnson, at 3:29 PM  

  • Having spent 25 yrs on Congressional staff, I suggest:

    1. Keep the calls coming. Quantity counts. If answering your calls takes up a major portion of his staff's time and energy, this will have impact.

    2. Be polite, no exceptions. If the call-taker blames the Democrats, simply point out that what happens is the Chairman's responsibility.

    3. Criticize DeLay's ethics, not Hastings'. Hopefully Hastings can turn against DeLay, but no way will he turn against himself. But it's OK to fault his plan to appoint a partisan staff director.

    4. Send a letter to ed of each major Washington state paper, and let Hastings' office know you're going to do it.

    5. Don't call more than once. But get all your friends and relatives to call.

    6. Do NOT quote from the post about the alleged criminal records of members of Congress. That's total hogwash.

    By Anonymous Bob Sherman, at 3:29 PM  

  • I just called and the receptionist was quite nice - though I thought I perceived a hint of concern. She took my name - didn't make me spell it, (it's an unusual name) and asked me where I live (WA state - though not in Hastings' district.)

    She said she would be sure to get the message to Rep. Hastings.

    By Anonymous Rob W., at 3:29 PM  

  • I agree with the message you sent me.

    I used your email message by placing a small heading of my own above the letter. Then I faxed it to his D.C. office.

    I am a Constituent in Doc's, District 4, Washington State.

    This post is from:
    Moses Lake, WA
    06/27/2005

    By Blogger JetBlue, at 3:29 PM  

  • I called, asked for his resignation, was asked my name and state and was told she'd pass on my comment. Uh-huh.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:30 PM  

  • CALLED AND LEFT MESSAGE WITH WOMAN WHO ANSWERED PHONE. SHE ASKED FOR SPELLING OF MY NAME & WHERE I WAS CALLING FROM.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:32 PM  

  • The woman who answered my call urging that an outside counsel investigate Tom DeLay, was polite asking for my name and state before saying she would pass on my request.

    By Anonymous Louise Clark, at 3:32 PM  

  • Just called Doc Hastings office and a young male answered, listened to me state my name and hometown address and my suggestion that Hastings step down and Ethics Committee appoint an Independent Counsel to investigate Tom Delay. He thanked me by my name and said he would get my message to Hastings. Call over.....4:28 pm

    By Anonymous David M. B., at 3:32 PM  

  • Just called Doc Hastings office and a young male answered, listened to me state my name and hometown address and my suggestion that Hastings step down and Ethics Committee appoint an Independent Counsel to investigate Tom Delay. He thanked me by my name and said he would get my message to Hastings. Call over.....4:28 pm

    By Anonymous David M. B., at 3:32 PM  

  • I called and spoke with his staffer, who was polite. Told her to let him know of the country's dissatisfaction with what is going on in the ethics of our leadership.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 PM  

  • I just called the Hastings number. I registered my unhappiness with the ethics of the Chairman of the Ethics Committee and my request for the appointment of an outside counsel to look into the DeLay stink.

    My comments were accepted by a very polite young lady who promised to relay my remarks to the Congressman.

    She requested my name (which I spelled out) and where I was calling from.

    Ernie Nagy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:45 PM  

  • I just called Doc Hastings office and the lady that answered listened to my request that he step down and then she took my name and address and thanked me for calling.

    Carver, MN

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:10 PM  

  • Just called, spoke to the same nice woman, I'm sure. I suggested that Hastings get busy or get out of the way. Told her I was calling from Delay's district and we wanted him investigated! Now we are on to his office to protest!
    DEMOCRACY WITHOUT DELAY!

    By Blogger P Oddo, at 4:13 PM  

  • I called at 5:10pm left my message that he should step down as chairman and he wasn't doing his job. The girl who answered the phone did not ask my name but I told her as well as where I was calling from. She said she would pass the message along...it probably went into the trash can on her way out the door.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:14 PM  

  • Called Hasting's office and said I thought he should step down as chairman of the ethics committee so that house scandals can be investigated, particularly the Tom DeLay issues.

    The telephone answerer was polite and requested my name and state. Will call my congressperson's office today on that as well.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:15 PM  

  • Left message statng that Hastings is standing in teh way of true ethics investigations adn that he should make way for a true independent evaluation of the DeLay matter. Operator was polite and professional.

    By Anonymous Ran3dy Bright, at 4:33 PM  

  • I called and a man answered..I asked if Mr. Hastings will be stepping down and appointing an outside investigation committee. The man said, "I do not think Mr. Hastings will be stepping down." I asked how could he investigate when he is basically doing the same thing DeLay is being charged with? He said he wasn't sure how they will handle it but doubts he will be stepping down. I said the Republicans are so corrupt it is disgusting! With that I hung up!

    By Blogger Kathie, at 4:35 PM  

  • The woman who answered my call urging that an outside counsel investigate Tom DeLay, was polite asking for my name and state before saying she would pass on my request.

    Arden Epstein

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:36 PM  

  • Called Hastings office...same story as others. Very polite to me, asked my name and where I was calling from. Wonder what list this will get me on?!

    By Anonymous Ezra, at 4:36 PM  

  • Spoke to a polite young man who said he would pass on my message. I asked if he were loyal to Doc and he said yes. I then asked why he didn't just throw away my message. He said, except when callers swear at him, he passes along all messages for Doc directly to Doc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:46 PM  

  • They will pass along my message

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:46 PM  

  • I just called. 6/27/05 around 6EST. The lady was nice but sounded like she had heard this before. She did ask my name and where I was calling from. I told her she might want to update her resume. heh heh

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:59 PM  

  • Just called Doc Hastings DC office and request that he step down and to stop interfering in the Delay matter-bad government, etc. The woman that answered was very pleasant; she took my name and city/state and promised to pass on my comments.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:01 PM  

  • Due to time restraints I was unable to call Doc Hastings. I did send an email requesting he step down from Ethics, something he apparently knows little about. I left no doubt about where I stand concerning DeLay, Hastings, Abramhoff(spelling?) and Republicans in general. This is from one who was raised Republican and still has many members of my immediate family who still support Bush and his vagabonds.

    By Anonymous Dr Robert J Williams, at 5:45 PM  

  • I called Doc Hastings office and got his answer machine. I left a message stating to either do your job and investigate Delay or Step down.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:24 PM  

  • Called and left a message for Doc Hastings to appoint an independent committee to investigate all of the allegations against the Ethics Committee.

    Frank Bohall

    By Anonymous Frank Bohall, at 6:59 PM  

  • I called Doc Hastings and left a message suggesting that as chairman of the UN-ethical commitee he has done a great job, now resign and go away. I left my name and state in the message.

    By Blogger Mr. Robert M Kiernan, at 9:25 PM  

  • Here is the note I emailed to Hastings (you guys always call for calls, and most of us work for a living) -- "Dear Sir: In light of the fact that you have failed to disclose trips paid for by a corporation to which you have steered lucrative government contracts and from whose employees you received $10,200 for your 2004 election, I call upon you to step down from your Ethics Committee chairmanship. In addition, I ask you to support the appointment of an outside counsel to investigate the House lobbying scandals. There is more than enough evidence to support the appointment of an outside counsel, including the fact that DeLay has given you $5,930 in Political Action Committee contributions and has otherwise stomped all over the Committee rules. This crook is going down, because the Texas public likes their crooks unrevealed (therefore, he is a failure by our standards). Thank you."

    By Anonymous GaiaGrandma, at 9:44 PM  

  • I called, after hours, and left my name and told the machine that I was appalled at the way the Mr. Hastings was handling the Ethics committee, and that, given the recent news about what look like ethikcal labses on his own part, that we would all be better served if he were to resign and allow someone wiht more objectivity to investigate Congressional ethics.

    By Anonymous Ann Marie, at 10:15 PM  

  • It was after hours, but I was able to express my disgust on their voice mail.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:22 PM  

  • I sent an email with my name and address asking that he do his job or step aside. I also asked for a response, but his website says that they don't respond to anyone outside of Washington state. Hmmm...I guess his ethics don't concern those of us in the other 49 states!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:09 PM  

  • Called and talked to a staff member. They attempted to remain neutral, but seemed worn down by phone calls. Keep it up!

    By Blogger macromayhem, at 12:00 AM  

  • I called Representative Hastings office and reached his answering machine. I left a message asking him to resign and requesting that an independent, non-partisan prosecutor be appointed to investigate DeLay, Nye , himself and any other representatives who are taking money or gifts in return for their votes on legislation.

    By Blogger Justina, at 1:18 AM  

  • Just called. I asked for Hastings to step aside and support a non-partisan committee. Lady took my full name and state (MI).

    By Anonymous Brian, at 8:12 AM  

  • I just called and received the same treatment as everyone else. The young woman just wanted my name and where I am from. That was it. She was polite, cursory, but polite.

    By Anonymous Anne Fogleman, at 8:28 AM  

  • I spoke with a polite, even cheery, woman who asked my name and where I was calling from and said she'd pass on the message.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:47 AM  

  • I called Hastings'office Monday, 6/27 approx 5:30 Central time. I got a recorder with a female voice. My message for Hastings was that I couldn't believe what is going on in Washington. I stated that he should resign as Chair of the Ethics Committee and an independent counsel should be assigned the task of investigating Tom DeLay. I said that Hastings should most definitely NOT assign someone from his office to investigate. I further stated that Hastings himself should be investigated. I stated that I felt that DeLay has Hastings in his back pocket. I stated that I was calling from Birmingham, AL and didn't leave my name. My feeling is if they can't have a "real person" to answer the phone, they don't need to know my name.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:29 AM  

  • I just emailed Representative Hastings and advised that in my opinion he should resign his position with the House Ethics Committee and that he should encourage the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate the alleged ethics violations of himself and others, specifically Tom Delay.


    Voorheesville, NY

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:38 AM  

  • She took my name and was nice .... Said she would pass along the info

    By Blogger larry, at 9:57 AM  

  • Why don't we get a list with all the Ethics Committee members phone numbers so that we can put pressure on all of the members and not just the Chair? Tom DeLay must be sent back to Texas. I wonder if he can even start another Bug Business as in exterminator? DeLay, Rove, Reed and Enron are all in bed together.

    Anonymous in Alabama

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:58 AM  

  • I called Hastings' office and was met with the same very young girl who couldn't get off the phone fast enough. When I asked for Mr. Hastings I was told he was out of the office in a meeting. I relayed my message and was told that she "would pass my message along." Even though I was still talking, she was asking may name and state. It was obvious she was not taking notes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:08 AM  

  • Called and left message with pnone answerer.Requested he step down and perhaps get a dictionary and learn the meaning of the word,ethics.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:32 AM  

  • It's 11:30 and I just called. The young lady was pleasant and said she'd pass on the information to the Chairman.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 AM  

  • I just telephoned Doc Hastings office @ 11:35 AM, Tuesday and the young lady answering the phone took my information & said she "would pass it on". I asked if she needed anything from me and she said, " Just your name & where your calling from."

    By Anonymous frank, at 10:41 AM  

  • I called today at 8:45 a.m. PST and spoke with whoever answered the phone at Doc Hastings' office. I told her I was a Washington resident and that Doc Hastings should appoint an independent counsel to investigate Tom Delay or he should resign from the Ethics Committee. The woman who answered was pleasant throughout.

    By Anonymous Dave Miller, at 10:50 AM  

  • Just called(6/28) from New Orleans and said Hastings needs to step down and be replaced by someone honest. Delay needs to be investigated. The lady asked my name and I volunteered where I'm from.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 AM  

  • Just called and started asking questions. The woman said their was a "confidentiality agreement" in the ethics committe and that they could not disclose whether or not Hastings was doing an invesigation into Tom Delay's activities. Yea, tell me another one!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:44 AM  

  • Called and gave my name and town, and asked that Hastings step down as chair of the Ethics Committee and see that independent counsel is appointed. The woman who answered said she would pass my suggestion on to him.

    Alison Maynard, Denver, Colorado

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:49 AM  

  • Called the office and suggested Hastings step down or set-up an independent council to clear his and Delay's names (as if....). Left name and home town (Austin, TX).

    By Anonymous Josh, at 11:50 AM  

  • Called about 9:45 a.m.PDT, 6/28. Got professional receptionist who politely took my message and said she would convey it to Hastings. Left name and town of residence.

    By Anonymous Daniel Larner, at 11:52 AM  

  • Called and requested that he not block hearings

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:30 PM  

  • The poor woman who answered the phone seemed really nice- I'm sure she's sick of us. One point- you should have given us more info in the email you sent requesting action. I had to do a little of my own research to get adequate talking points.

    By Anonymous Matt B from Denver, at 12:37 PM  

  • Left message with Chairman Hasting's office to young man who answered the phone. I asked that he tell Hastings I want a resignation and support for appointment of outside counsel to investigate. He asked where I was calling from and that he would pass my message on to the chairman.

    By Anonymous Debbie, at 1:00 PM  

  • Receptionist was very polite when asked to relay the message I gave. The gist of which was that there appears to be a conflict of interest on the part of Rep. Hastings and that he should step down as chairman, allow an independent investigation of the Delay debacle as well as the seeming rampant "Congress for sale" image...

    By Anonymous Lin, Finland, MN, at 1:00 PM  

  • Receptionist was polite and matter-of-fact in taking my comment that Hastings should resign the Chair and appoint a special counsel to investigate numerous allegations of House members' wrongdoings. She took my name and home state...I don't think it's helpful to demean our cause by injecting foul or insulting language when we speak to a Representative's staff member. We can express our anger in other ways at other times. The times certainly call for our rising above the already deep invective!

    By Anonymous Roland Schaedig, at 2:10 PM  

  • Went to Mr. Hastings website and wrote that he had compromised his position and should resign. Was informed on the web page that my zip was outside his area of representation and that he, therefore, couldn't respond to me.

    By Anonymous Ed B., at 2:58 PM  

  • Just now phoned Hastings' office and asked the receptionist if there was someone in the office that I could speak with regarding the Chairman's apparent delaying and stalling of the DeLay investigations and she said that that would "Violate House Ethics Rule 76(a) on confidentiality" and that "no" there was no one in the ofice who could speak to me about that. I asked her why in the world's greatest alleged democracy were Congressmen allowed to hide behind an Iron Curtain of Corruption while asking We Americans to send our Children and Grandchildren off to be slaughtered in a sham "War" designed only to veil yet more corruption? She politely said that she could not answer that and I told her that as a Loyal Freedom Loving American that saddened me and that I felt Hastings needed to resign and be replaced by someone more Pro-Active in meting out corruption in a process that had glass walls because the Iron Curtain seems to have been lifted from Eastern Europe only to be brought around American shores.

    By Blogger Brian in sunny So-Cal, at 3:18 PM  

  • I called three days ago and explained that I had seen much disturbing information about Hasting's handling of ethics investigations.

    The polite staffer who answered stood firm on "can't say anything due to confidentiality". I told her I wasn't asking for specifics about individual cases but that media had left me with the impression that Hasting's was acting to protect certain members from the results of their ethics violations.

    I asked her what Hasting's position on appointing an independent council for matters where he had a potential conflict of interest. The staffer told me she was not aware if he had a position on this.

    I left my email address and asked her to email me with any information which might help me understand Hasting's position.

    Three days later and guess what? NOTHING.

    Since none was given, I can only assume that there is no defence to the allegations of Hastings is improperly protecting fellow members from ethics violations.

    This in its self should be considered unethical.

    If Delay is scum, what does that make those who protect him?

    By Anonymous Howard Goff, at 2:18 PM  

  • Called and stated my name, the fact that I am in DeLay's district, and my request. Person who answered phone seemed kinda rattled--hopefully that means they've been getting tons of calls on the subject.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:35 PM  

  • Called this feeble-minded shit congressman's DC office and got an air-headed idiot on the line. "I'll pass that along" was the best she could do. Look everyone - these bastards are all intellectually underemployed Mussolini wannabes.

    If I were God for a day, I would have the blue states secede, letting all rednecks out first to go form their own republic of fag-hatin', sister-marryin', gun-totin' beer-drinkin' morons and form a sentient, non-simian country where people actually cared about each other's welfare. In other words, no greedy, lying Republicans.

    I so utterly loathe republicans. Completely.

    By Blogger Kevin, at 3:56 PM  

  • I called Doc Hastings and suggested he recuse himself from the Delay debacle because he received money from Delay. I also suggested that an independent investigation be conducted. I was kindly told by staff that the meetings are confidential but my message would be relayed to Doc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:28 PM  

  • Just called the office and left my request and name and city with the receptionist. She seemed pleasant enough and said she would pass it on to the Congressman. Each person who calls brings the goal closer to reality.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:05 PM  

  • Left a message. Every little bit helps!

    Lisa in DC

    By Blogger LisaF, at 11:46 PM  

  • I called and left a message on his machine asking him to resign his chairmanship due to an ethical conflict.

    Mark from Texas

    By Blogger markermachine, at 4:10 PM  

  • I called Doc Hastings' office this morning to request that he resign as chair of the House Ethics Committee. I also asked that he support the appointment of an outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation into Delay's dealings. I gave my name, city and state. The man who took my call merely said he would pass along my message to Hastings.

    By Anonymous Adrienne -- Phoenix, AZ, at 3:45 PM  

  • In case you didn't notice, Hastings and Mollohan reached an agreement over their wide array of disputes. Doc wanted to tilt the rules towards more control for the Committee members. Alan wanted to til the ruels towards less control for the Committee members. In the end they agreed to a system pretty much identical to the way it had been before, with neither more nor less control. Nonetheless, he probably doesn't need to step down now.

    Also, after reading some materials from the Ethics Committee website, it seems that the committee actually has its own investigative panel to begin with. No need to "demand" one, the committee hires individuals to conduct investigations. The investigations are conducted separately from the Committee members and then report their findings to the members, who in the end vote as to whether or not the Congressman in question violated Ethics rules.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:48 PM  

  • Called Hastings office. Let them know of my dissatisfaction with Hastings actions and his desire to defend Delay. Gave my name and city.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:58 PM  

  • Called Hastings, left name and state of residence and requested his resignation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 AM  

  • I called 7/15/05 and they took my name and city and state and said they would pass my message to Hastings. I agree that they think that NONE of them can be touched. We have to keep pushing! Keep it up everyone. WE WILL PREVAIL!!!!

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