Doc, heal thyself

Well surprise, surprise. It looks like House Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hastings may have to investigate himself.

Rep. Doc Hastings, already under fire as chairman of the stalled House ethics committee, accepted a $7,800 trip to England in 2000 from a company he championed for a multibillion-dollar contract at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, records released by an advocacy group yesterday show.

In addition, other records released yesterday by a political Web site show that Hastings, a Republican from Pasco, did not file a required travel report for a 2004 trip to a resort on Stuart Island, B.C. That was paid for by another company also working at Hanford.

Hastings was cynically installed as ethics chair to protect House Majority Leader Tom DeLay from accumulating ethics charges. Now it appears that both are at the center of controversies regarding improper reporting of privately paid trips.

Word is that the normally low-profile Hastings is not enjoying his time in the spotlight. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him step down from the chairmanship, and back into the cool, comfortable shadows by the end of the summer.


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    headless lucy spews:

    So, where’s all the commentary by the conservatives? Aren’t they going to tell me about Kathy Pelosi’s free trips and stuff? Cat got your tongue, hypocrites?

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    headless lucy spews:

    Or, “Drinking Responsibly”.

    ” I have a teacher/parent conference, so I’m going to be responsible and have just one strong martini!”

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    headless lucy spews:

    You have to be able to think first righton to be able to make that sort of judgement. And you can’t do that.

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    righton spews:

    wierd ya’ll went limp on the Supreme decision (other post). I’d think letting Wal Mart tear down slums would bother you more than an $8k flight (that dems do just as much)

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    headless lucy spews:

    The point is in taking the neo-cons apart, not in honesty or fairness. You, righton, of all people, should be able to appreciate that kind of logic.

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    Thomas Trainwinder spews:

    Politics breeds this kind of abuse of power, inflated self-importance and king/queen frenzy.

    It affects both parties equally — and almost no politician is above the fray.

    Neither side should challenge the other on this issue unless they are willing to accept full responsibility for their shortcomings as well.

    Naturally, the people would like to see this scourge removed from both sides of the aisle. But as long as there has been politics, there has been and will be graft.