When Thugs Eat Their Own

From Holden:

The Republican chair of the House “Ethics” Committee is feeling the heat from the little wrist-slap they administered to Tom DeLay:

House ethics committee Chairman Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) said last week that Republican lawmakers have threatened him in the wake of his panel’s recent admonishments of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas).

Asked what response he has received from House Republicans since two ethics committee admonishments were issued in a span of seven days, Hefley said, “I’ve been attacked; I’ve been threatened.”

However, Hefley would not reveal who or how many of his colleagues had threatened him, or what retaliation had been threatened.

Earlier, Hefley had told a group of reporters, “I’m not getting any threats from leadership.”

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The committee’s admonishments were the lowest form of reprimand they could have given DeLay, so slight that DeLay and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) interpreted the panel’s action on the Bell complaint as a dismissal of the charges. But because the admonishments were issued so publicly, they sparked a firestorm of criticism.

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But [Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.)] acknowledged that Republicans would probably not be as angry if the committee made public its findings after Election Day.

“If we were two months from now, the partisan edge would not exist,” he said.