Old Soldiers never quit
Pete McCloskey is still very much in the fight to return ethical behavior to congress, beginning with the 11th Congressional District. He had a letter to the editor in today's Stockton Record criticizing the ethical record of House Majority Leader, John Boenher (R-Ohio) and, by implication, that of Richard Pombo who used Boehner for a fundraiser.
According to McCloskey:
Boehner came to fame with his shameful handing out of checks from the tobacco industry to members on the floor of the House at a time when lawmakers were considering the tobacco subsidy program.
After DeLay's ethics violations, indictment and resignation from the House, Boehner ran to succeed him, pledging ethics overhaul.
What happened? At Boehner's insistence, the House refused to allow a vote on the establishment of an independent ethics monitoring agency and declined to stop free corporate travel and other benefits offered by lobbyists.
So, when Pombo needed money, here comes the new boss, same as the old boss.