Monday, August 02, 2010

Democrats are rooting out corruption, but where are the Republicans?

House Democrats are aggressively rooting out suspected corruption in their own ranks, but why aren't Republicans doing the same in the GOP? Why are corrupt Republican lawmakers allowed to keep their seats?

Take the case of Maxine Waters and Eric Cantor. Here's what Democrat Maxine Waters is accused of doing:
California Democrat Maxine Waters faces a House trial this fall on three charges of ethical wrongdoing.

The charges focus on whether Waters broke the rules in requesting federal help for a bank where her husband owned stock. She denied the charges Monday.

Persons familiar with the case said Waters is accused of violating: a rule that House members may not exert improper influence that results in a personal benefit; also, the government employees ethics code, which prohibits granting or accepting special favors for the employee or family members that could be viewed as influencing official actions; and a rule that member conduct must reflect creditably on the House.
Now, if Waters is found guilty, then she should be punished and lose her House seat. But what about Eric Cantor? Republican Eric Cantor did something very similar to Maxine Waters, so why aren't Republicans rushing to investigate Cantor's ethics? What did Cantor do?
A bank that employs the wife of Rep. Eric I. Cantor, R-Va., benefited from the $700 billion Wall Street bailout that Cantor helped steer through Congress last fall.

Diana F. Cantor runs a Virginia-based subsidiary of New York Private Bank and Trust. The New York bank received $267.2 million from the U.S. Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program Jan. 9.

A spokesman for New York Private Bank and Trust told ProPublica, an investigative journalism Web site that first reported the relationship, Diana Cantor was “never aware that the parent bank was seeking or received [bailout] funding.” A spokesman for the New York bank declined to comment for this report.
Eric Cantor opposed almost the entire slate of legislation prepared by the Obama administration except for the part that benefitted his wife, and by extension, Cantor himself. Why isn't Cantor facing an official inquiry, or even an investigation, into his conduct?

I guess it's only okay when Republicans do it.

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