Deal finds unlikely ally when it comes to ethics probe – Democrats’ Clyburn

When it comes to ethics investigations, Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal has found an unlikely ally: U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. – the most powerful African-American in Congress.

In an interview with Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News, Clyburn said the Office of Congressional Ethics – a relatively new entity that acts as a kind of grand jury, making preliminary inquiries — has an “accusatory mentality about every allegation.”

The OCE has initiated investigations of several African-American members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. Maxine Waters of California and Charlie Rangel of New York.

Clyburn made his remarks at a gathering of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. From the SMN:

Clyburn, the House majority whip, said he has no opinion about the validity of the case against Deal.

But he said the ethics office investigatory process “is being used by … people who want to make mischief.”

Clyburn said the office lets inquiries be initiated “from a newspaper story or headline … implying things that may or may not have any factual basis.”

He said such stories or headlines form the basis of complaints to the office by “third-party groups.”

Among such groups, he said, is Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The organization filed a complaint against Deal after an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article was published.

“People get a wild hair,” Clyburn said concerning members of such groups, “and they just say things.”

The congressman also said he is concerned that a “CIA guy” plays an important role in the office. Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Porter Goss is the vice chairman.

3 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

August 30th, 2010
11:58 am

Where is Deal’s tax returns? Phil Kent was wrong….again!

Billy in Savannah

August 30th, 2010
4:47 pm

I think Deal’s case has been proven. It is a fact he met Lt. Gov. Cage set up a meeting with state officials in an effort to stop the competitive bidding process for his auto salvage business in North Georgia. I do not think this is conjecture.

Desperate for Change

August 30th, 2010
11:15 pm

So now, in addition to both being corrupt politicians, Charlie Rangel and Nathan Deal also share the trait of being supported by one of Washington’s worst politicians, James Clyburn.

With friends like these what could go wrong?