Wednesday, April 20, 2005

GOP Worried About Ethics Scandal

It is about time, guys. DeLay is rotten to the core. Some of us in Houston could have told you that years ago, especially recently when DeLay drove the premature redistricting of the state. The guy is consumed by greed and power.

From Raw Story

Some in GOP worry that ethics scandals may consume campaign oxygen, hurt party

04/20/2005 @ 9:22 am
Filed by RAW STORY

With the two parties now trading allegations of impropriety on a near-daily basis, the House could be moving toward what many Republican strategists fear is a political trap: a full-fledged ethics war, the paid-restricted Roll Call reports Wednesday. Excerpts follow.


As the media has intensified its scrutiny of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), his GOP colleagues have scrambled to put his behavior in context by providing examples of Democrats taking questionable trips and doing alleged favors for big donors.

While that strategy may help the party blunt attacks on DeLay in the short term, some GOP strategists on and off Capitol Hill worry that they are playing into Democrats’ hands. According to this theory, if Congress grinds to a halt amid partisan bickering, the party in power will bear the brunt of the blame.

A strategist said that at best, Republicans have nothing to gain from such a battle, and at worst, they could take a hit next November...

One senior Republican leadership aide argued that the calculus on ethics retaliation had changed due to “the sheer fact that it’s been such a one-sided battle.”

This aide and most others in senior GOP circles decided in recent weeks that they simply could not continue to withstand Democratic attacks without turning around and levelling charges of hypocrisy.

“Our credibility is being undermined,” said the aide. “This is the PR environment we’re in.”

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