Actually, I never expected the House “Ethics” Committee to respond to this instance of Tom DeLay’s corruption, so I’m a bit surprised.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, admonished by the House ethics committee for acting improperly by trying to persuade a Michigan Republican to change his vote on a Medicare prescription drug bill, could face another investigation by the panel.
The committee on Thursday approved an investigative report that serves as “a public admonishment” against DeLay, R-Texas, Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., and the lawmaker they were trying to influence, Rep. Nick Smith.
The committee found after its six-month investigation that DeLay and Miller linked a favorable vote by Smith to support of the House candidacy of Smith’s son.
The public admonishments issued in the case of Smith’s Medicare vote are the lightest punishment the ethics committee can issue when it finds House rules have been violated.
It is common for lawmakers to trade legislative votes to get legislation passed, the committee said. However, promising political support for a member’s relative “goes beyond the boundaries of party discipline and should not be used as the basis of a bargain for members to achieve their respective goals,” the committee said.