Newt Whitewashes Ethics Violations

Now that Mitt Romney has gone on the attack against a surging Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the house is having to do some serious whitewashing of the ethics violations that forced him to resign from Congress in disgrace. Like just pretending there were no ethics violations.

The 1997 House ethics investigation into then-Speaker Newt Gingrich has resurfaced on the campaign trail, but Gingrich told CNN’s Candy Crowley that all information relevant to the scandal was already public. Gingrich said the $300,000 penalty he was ordered to pay by the House Ethics Committee was a reimbursement for the cost of the investigation, and that “on every single count, I was exonerated.” He added that many House Republicans to vote “yes” on the ethics charges against Gingrich in order to put it behind them more quickly, rather than because they believed he had done anything wrong.

Many of them? So what about the rest of them? Even in Congress, where holding each other responsible for ethics violations is rarely done, the vote to reprimand Gingrich was nearly unanimous in the House. Exactly one Republican voted no on the motion; 186 of them voted against him. And almost no one who served in Congress with him, even those who agree with him politically almost 100%, supports him. That should tell you all you need to know about him.

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Aquaria

    It’s like some law of the universe: “Newt Gingrich” and “ethics” can’t be in the same sentence, unless the word “violations” is included.

  • http://www.rodlamkey.net reverendrodney

    I believe that Newt’s ethics violations as well as the way in which he conducted in his affairs are relevant, for taken separately or together they expose the character of the man which is… dang, wish I had the word. Suffice to say that he is beneath contempt.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Ain’t it funny how the POG has succeeded in laying claim to these:

    * The Constitution

    * Fiscal responsibility

    * The Rule of Law

    * Character (instead of policy) in choosing elected officials

  • exdrone

    Imagine having Newt as your criminal defence attorney. “I know you are up against the death penalty, but let’s just plead guilty in order to put this murder charge behind you more quickly.”

  • http://religionsetspolitics.blogspot.com/ joshuaz

    In the second to last sentence should “support” be oppose?

  • Freeman

    @reverendrodney #2:

    I’m sure if you ask Aquaria real nicely, she’d be happy to provide you with an appropriately descriptive word or two.

  • MikeMa

    Newt’s existence is a violation of nature. Way worse than any ethics issues.

  • http://inmyunbelief.wordpress.com TCC (fka The Christian Cynic)

    joshuaz: No, Ed’s wording is correct (“And almost no one who served in Congress with him…supports him“).

  • Azkyroth

    I thought it was Santorum that surged.

  • John Hinkle

    That should tell you all you need to know about him.

    I already knew what I already need to know about him. Did that come out write?

    @MikeMa: *applause*

  • eric

    He added that many House Republicans to vote “yes” on the ethics charges against Gingrich in order to put it behind them more quickly, rather than because they believed he had done anything wrong.

    That would be unethical. So, basically he’s accusing his own party – the one he lead – of committing a group ethical violation in order to cover up his lack of violation. Right.


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