Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Raising the bar on sleaze

Remember when House Speaker Jim Wright was forced to resign from office in 1989 after Republicans hounded him for making $55,000 off of bulk sales of a vanity book to corporate lobbyists?
That plus his wife was revealed to have been paid $18,000 for doing unspecified work for a friend and business partner?

Well, the Republicans have certainly raised the bar for how much sleaze they will tolerate since then.

Today it was reported that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s wife and daughter were paid more than $500,000 from DeLay’s own political action committee since 2001.

Tack that on to the multitude of other scandals swirling around DeLay and it is a wonder how Republicans can stand to be in the same room with him without gagging.

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