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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.