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.