Is he kidding?


Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 2:20 a.m.
"During my time in Congress, I have always acted in an ethical manner within the rules of our body and the laws of our land."
U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in a letter this week to his fellow House members as he made permanent his leave of absence from the majority leader's office.
Oh please. Let's put aside for a moment the indictment on money laundering charges that caused DeLay to "temporarily" give up the job of majority leader in the first place. An Associated Press review of public documents showed that during his six years as majority leader, DeLay enjoyed "at least 48 visits to golf clubs and resorts with lush fairways; 100 flights aboard company planes; 200 stays at hotels, many world-class, and 500 meals at restaurants, some averaging nearly $200 for a dinner for two." And all of those goodies, AP noted, were paid for by various campaign and political action committees, including a "children's charity the Texas Republican created during his rise to the top of Congress." If that's what passes for acting "in an ethical manner," than business-as-usual in Congress is even more rotten than most Americans suspect.

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