It’s not the proof, but the seriousness of the allegations

Looks like the ice is getting a bit thinner under Nancy Pelosi:

House Republicans yesterday called on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to provide documentation to prove that a Washington lobbyist firm did not pay for a trip she and other Democrats took to Puerto Rico in 2001.
    "We feel that such lingering questions undermine the integrity of the institution and we hope [the questions] will be cleared up as soon as possible," wrote Republican Reps. Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.

Gee, a Democrat doing something wrong? Of course, this has to be a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, right? No reason for her to respond to the allegations, right?

On travel disclosure forms filed with the House clerk, Mrs. Pelosi and others on the trip listed a group called Todo Puerto Rico con Vieques as its sponsor.
    After the discrepancy was made public, Mrs. Jones amended her travel disclosure form to match those of Mrs. Pelosi and other travelers. A spokeswoman in Mrs. Jones’ office blamed the conflicting information on "human error" but declined to provide proof that the trip was paid for by Todo Puerto Rico con Vieques, rather than D.C. lobbyist Smith, Dawson & Andrews.
    Mrs. Pelosi also refused to provide any such documentation, and testily dismissed questions yesterday about the matter.
    "There’s no discrepancy in the records on my trip," the California Democrat said. "So that’s all I can answer for."

So, I guess she feels that she doesn’t need to answer anything. Unlike Tom Delay

     Mrs. Pelosi has called for a full investigation into that matter (over Delay), which is an inconsistency, say Mr. McHenry and Mr. Westmoreland.
    "If you are serious that the mere allegation that a lobbyist paid for member travel warrants a full ethics investigation, it would seem that a member actually disclosing it as fact would more than merit it," the Republicans wrote.

So what is good for the gander is not good for the goose. See, it doesn’t matter whether the charges are true or not, it is the seriousness of the allegations. This deserves a long, drawn out investigation, with lots of accusations of impropriety coming from the GOP, bloggers, the media, etc, followed by a refusal to give her her day in front of the Ethics Committee, at least for 5-6 months. Fair is fair, right?

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7 Responses to “It’s not the proof, but the seriousness of the allegations”

  1. basil's blog says:

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  2. Jeremy says:

    …or she (or anyone else on the trip) cold come up with a friggin’ receipt. Shouldn’t be that hard, should it?…unless it’s the wrong reciept.

  3. will never happen. Dems are above the law. Cannot expect Pelosi to follow the same rules and recieve the same treatment that Delay has, can we?

    I plan on staying with this one.

  4. Cao says:

    Just look at Clinton and his impeachment. After Nixon’s, he hung his head in shame; Clinton threw a party on the whitehouse lawn.

  5. Cao says:

    I guess the point of that was…they hold us to a different set of standards and as Teach says, they are elitists who believe the law and decency does not apply to them.

  6. quite true. They, and most of the MSM’s, will ignore any intimation of impropriety by Dems as immeterial. I can find little info on this issue involving Pelosi, except at the normal Right leaning sites and news outlets. But Delay is everywhere.

  7. JulieB says:

    “On travel disclosure forms filed with the House clerk, Mrs. Pelosi and others on the trip listed a group called Todo Puerto Rico con Vieques as its sponsor”

    I read this as Mrs. Pelosi’s forms listing a group called Todo Puerto Rico con Vieques as its sponsor. It was the forms of *others* that were changed to match hers.

    I am not saying that it shouldn’t be investigated, because I think it should.

    She was, however, *correct* in saying that it wasn’t her forms that were the problem.

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