January 24, 2009

CAN'T THE UR JUST GIVE THEM WAIVERS TOO?:

Dems wrestle with ethics problems (JOHN BRESNAHAN, 1/24/09, Politico)

“We are seeing again and again the gap between Democrats’ rhetoric during campaigns and their broken promises when they gain power,” said Michael Steel, press secretary for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). “Despite high-minded promises to ‘drain the swamp’ on the campaign trail, the Democratic leadership and the new administration seem to have no problem cutting deals with senior House Democrats who continue to wallow in the ethically questionable politics of the past.”

While top Democratic aides downplayed any link between Obama and the embattled reps, they conceded that having the Democratic lawmakers in charge of tax and defense policy in the House under investigation is not good for the new president or the Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill.

“It shows that it’s easier to talk about your ideals during a campaign than to apply them to your administration,” said a Democratic insider, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2009 1:40 PM
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