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.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.