House Republicans’ late night, closed-door effort to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics gave Democrats a winning messaging tool, says CQ Roll Call’s Money and Politics reporter Kate Ackley. The public relations debacle also could result in keeping the spotlight on President-elect Donald Trump’s perceived conflicts of interest, adds Editor Catalina Camia. Also, did you know that the ‘drain the swamp’ phrase popularized by Trump was first used by a leading Democrat?
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With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
First victory! House switchboard jammed with calls from citizens opposed to Republicans killing its Ethics Office. Repubs & Trump back off.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 3, 2017
We beat back Republican attacks on the Ethics Office by organizing. We can beat the attacks on our healthcare the same way.Stand together. — Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 4, 2017