1/30/14

Boehner Pockets Grimm Ethics Complaint

As Congressional Representative Michael Grimm's verbal assault on NY 1 reporter Michael Scotto this week went viral, good government organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) charging that the Staten Island Republican's behavior reflected badly on the House of Representatives.

You can read the complaint here.

It charges that Grimm violated House Rule 23, requiring all members of the House to conduct themselves "at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House."

Threatening to break a reporter "in half" for asking a question about a touchy subject probably qualifies as a violation of Rule 23.

Grimm, after initially trying to spin the incident as the product of the reporter's lack of "professionalism", has now apologized to Scotto by phone, attributing the incident to his passionate temperament.

The Scotto incident came as no surprise in Washington, where Grimm has a reputation as a hothead

After Grimm's apology, House Speaker John Boehner, who is no friend of Grimm's but wants to hold onto Grimm's congressional seat, pocketed the CREW ethics complaint, saying Grimm's apology would suffice as a remedy.  

CREW named Grimm one of its Most Corrupt in 2011, 2012 and 2013, based on the ongoing federal investigation into Grimm's 2010 campaign finances.  CREW has also charged that Grimm violated House rules by using official resources -- the insignia of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- as fundraising tools.

The post from CREW.

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