Tuesday, January 04, 2005


GOP Curbs Its Hubris

Retreats from Ethics Rule Change, Declares Victory

Retreating in the face of a political furor and trepidation within their ranks, House GOP leaders surprisingly reversed themselves Monday night and reinstituted a party rule that requires any member of the leadership who is indicted to step down from his or her post. The rule change was originally made in late 2004 to protect Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who is under investigation for his role in influencing 2002 state legislative races in Texas.

But only because good men and women within and outside the GOP spoke up.


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