Sunday, September 25, 2005

Republican Corruption

It's so widespread, it's getting hard to keep track of.

WASHINGTON - Heading into a midterm election year, Republicans find themselves with not one, but two congressional leaders — Bill Frist in the Senate and Tom DeLay in the House — fending off questions of ethical improprieties.

The news that federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into Frist‘s sale of stock in HCA Inc., the hospital operating company founded by his family, comes as a criminal investigation continues of Jack Abramoff, a high-powered Republican lobbyist, and his ties to DeLay of Texas.

For Republicans, the timing couldn‘t be worse.


The midterm elections occur in just over 13 months and Republicans face the historic reality that the party controlling the White House typically loses seats in non-presidential years.

Shadowing the GOP outlook is President Bush ‘s diminishing approval ratings as the war in Iraq , rising oil prices and the need for billions in federal spending after devastating hurricanes threaten to overwhelm a second-term agenda.

Let's not forget that Melissa Hart is on the "Standards of Official Conduct Committee."


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