CREW Calls for Citizen-Filed Ethics Complaints

In the wake of the scandals surrounding Reps. Tom DeLay (R-TX), Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) and Bob Ney (R-OH), Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) has called for an independent investigation into the House Ethics Committee, which has failed to act in any of these cases.

"Cunningham's conduct is serious enough that the FBI has allegedly opened an investigation," Sloan said in The San Diego Union-Tribune. "It is too bad that conduct as egregious as that of Cunningham and Ney is likely to go unexamined by the ethics committee solely because no member has the courage to file an ethics complaint against either man. It is for exactly this reason that outside ethics watchdog groups like mine ought to be able to file complaints themselves.