Democrats Bit by Ethics Watchdog

October 13, 2009

Senior Democrats are taking shots at the House’s new ethics watchdog, which has come back to bite some caucus members a year after Democratic leaders created it.

Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) acknowledged a growing number of concerns about the Office of Congressional Ethics’s (OCE) record and predicted a coming public clash over its activities.

“A lot of people have been raising concerns [about the OCE], and I support them,” Clyburn said. “At some point in the not-so-distant future, these concerns will have to be addressed.”

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(Susan Crabtree, “Watchdog Comes Back to Bite Democrats,” The Hill, 10/13/09)