TPM Muckraker again catches Democratic grumbling over an ethically-challenged colleague. In this case, Alan Mollohan is under FBI investigation over the surprising tendency of recipients of his earmarks to:
- Be friends of his; and,
- Donate to him.
If Ms. Pelosi is going to be running the cleanest Congress in history (notwithstanding Murtha's Amscam involvement and pork-barrelling, and the earmark problems of incoming Intel Chair Sil Reyes), then shouldn't she be calling for an ethics investigation into Mr. Mollohan's behavior?
Well, that's not exactly what she's doing. Instead, she's appointing him to chair the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the FBI. According to Muckraker, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are angry because they seem to remember Bill Jefferson getting unceremoniously kicked to the curb for doing things that seemed pretty suspicious, while Mollohan seems to be getting rewared for it.
This had better be a 'productive Congress' because the whole 'cleanest Congress in history' thing is pretty much shot to hell.