Somehow, I don’t think Rep. Jeff Flake’s offer is going anywhere:
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is renewing his challenge to House Democrats to confront the ongoing scandal surrounding the PMA Group, the now-defunct lobbying firm with close ties to senior appropriators.
But this time, Flake’s eighth attempt at forcing an ethics probe through a privileged resolution, he is also offering beleaguered Democratic leaders a deal to end the politically embarrassing votes: end earmarks to private companies, and he will back off.
Congressman, it’s clear you mean well, but the offer presupposes that the House Democratic leadership cares about ethics or stopping earmarks.
The good news is that an increasing number of House Democrats not in the leadership have been signing on to Flake’s resolutions, realizing that they don’t want to be in the position of defending the indefensible.