John Doolittle ( R CA, 4th district) won his last election 49-46 in a very conservative district. One of the major themes in the campaign was corruption because of his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Doolittle was paying his wife to work on his own campaign. In doing so he found a legal way to pocket large donations from special interest groups into his family checking account.
If the story ended there I wouldn't have much to say except I wish he would have been removed from congress.
But it doesn't.
After the election Doolittle announced that he wasn't satisfied with his vote margin. He didn't blame Iraq or the Bush Administration. He didn't even try the "it was a bad year to be a Republican" line. Instead, he fired his wife ! John Doolittle in his own words has announced:
"After winning my election with less than 50 percent of the vote, I recognize that change is needed for me to rebuild the trust and support of my constituents."
I just figured we can all give the guy credit for taking blame, addressing the problem, and not coming up with excuses that ring so hollow like "everyone does it".
Mr. Doolitte, thanks.
Of course, admitting that he found a way to pay his bills with special interest money doesn't make him a front runner for Profiles in Courage '07. But it might help him with any lingering issues left over from his last campaign before the next one starts.
And my fav:
I know that everyone seems to be doing it. I know there are some local politicians that have found loopholes. The might even think their case is different. Maybe it is somehow. But at the end of the day the American public has lost faith in anything our leaders say because they try to justify everything.
Leaders should keep the public trust in mind. Otherwise the next time they announce a war that needs to be fought ( or a tax raised, or a budget cut etc.) they shouldn't be surprised that there is nobody left that believes them.