Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Well, That Didn't Last Long...Corker Fails To Unite Republican Activists

It seems like the Republican unity breakfast was only three days ago. Oh, wait, it was.

Whatever it was Bob Corker put in the pancakes and hoopla, it must not have gone down too easy, because Tennessee newspapers and television stations have the story: Republican activist groups already are saying no to Bob Corker's plea for help.

It certainly can't be because he didn't do enough pandering to the ultra-right wing of the Republican party during the primary--opposing the minimum wage, claiming global climate change isn't happening, abandoning two decades as a pro-choice candidate and public servant, claiming there wasn't "a dime's worth of difference" between his positions and those of experienced statewide loser Van Hilleary.

It certainly can't be because Corker isn't willing to write a check and buy their loyalty the same way his Republican opponents accused him of buying the primary election with $2.1 million of is own money.

Or perhaps it's because they know, after observing Bob Corker closely through months of a bitter and divisive primary, you can buy misleading TV ads, but you can't buy character.

218 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!