Monday, January 03, 2005

House GOP decide to have ethical standards after all

Sounds like a deal was made between Republican moderates, led by Rep. Mark Kirk (R) and conservatives, led by Minority Leader DeLay and Speaker Hastert. Mark Kirk was one of the Republicans who broke with the conservative majority and voted no to a rule change that would allow a congressman to retain his/her leadership post if indicted. The rule change was meant to protect DeLay, whose fundraising organization is under investigation. Apparently, the conservatives were shamed into admitting that preserving DeLay's hide was not worth compromising the integrety of the party. Or as Kirk put it:
    "It's a mark of a leader to take a bullet for the team and not for the team to take a bullet for the leader. I'm very glad we decided to stick with the rules."

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