Campaign 2010

Jun 07, 2007

Blunt Set the Ethics Bar for Republicans, Is He Lowering it for Don Young?

DCCC Press

Jun 7, 2007

Blunt Set the Ethics Bar for Republicans, Is He Lowering it for Don Young?

On Tuesday, Republican Whip Roy Blunt made clear that Members should be held to the high ethical standard in the House Code of Official Conduct. Today, Mr. Blunt has an opportunity to apply his new standard. Republican Congressman Don Young – from Alaska – is under scrutiny for securing a $10 million earmark to study building a road in Florida, which directly benefited a campaign contributor.

“On Tuesday, Republican Whip Blunt said that his Members should uphold a high ethical standard and not bring disrepute on the House. Today, it’s clear that the revelation of Representative Don Young’s pay-to-play earmarking clearly does not meet Mr. Blunt’s standard,” said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Whip Blunt must hold Mr. Young accountable if he is serious about Republicans upholding his new ethical standard.”

BACKGROUND

Blunt said, “You certainly don't have to have violated a law to have brought disrepute on the House, or whatever language is used in the code of conduct we attempt to hold each other to. [Congressional Record, 6/5/07]

The New York Times revealed today that embattled Congressman Don Young, widely known for the bridge to nowhere, secured a $10 million earmark in Florida which benefits a campaign contributor. [New York Times, 6/7/07]