We asked for ethics investigations of California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson for forcing staff to do campaign work and run her personal errands on official time and of California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa for releasing confidential information under court seal. We’ve been as critical of New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm as we have of New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks. Neither party is immune to ethical transgressions.
At CREW, we believe ethical and accountable leadership trump partisan politics. It doesn’t matter whether you attempt to “drain the swamp” like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or maintain a “zero tolerance” policy for ethics abuses like Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). It’s time to stop treating Congressional corruption as a problem for the other team. It’s time for both parties to work together to ensure enforcement of ethics standards across the board.
Melanie Sloan is executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.