Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Senators not concerned about nepotism

The newly-empowered Democratic leadership appears ready to bypass its pledge to reform the way the U. S. Senate goes about its business.
An editorial in Monday's New York Times notes that senators blew off the chance to eliminate family members receiving government positions by saying it had nothing to do with lobbying reform:

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, insisted that there’s no such problem in the Senate. Critics instantly noted that her fellow Californian, Senator Barbara Boxer, paid $130,000 from her campaign funds to her son’s political consultant firm. In the House, the campaign kitty of Representative John Doolittle, Republican of California, paid $200,000 to his wife as a designated campaign consultant working at home. Congress’s reputation cannot afford more such embarrassments.

1 comment:

John G. Hall said...

Regarding neoptism with the newly elected Congress, I guess its like saying incest is okay unless it involves relations with a member of the family