The Callahan campaign has compiled a video of Charlie Dent and John Boehner laughing about how much they disrespect the House Ethics Committee – a bright contrast with Charlie Dent’s statements at the debate boasting about how important he thinks it is.
From the press release:
Congressman Dent Makes Joke of Ethics Committee
Caught on Camera At Exclusive Poolside Party, Congressman Dent Tells One Story in Front of Boehner and High Dollar Donors, Tells A Very Different Story to Everyday Voters
BETHLEHEM, PA. – What Washington politicians say when they think they’re off camera is often very different from what they say in public in front of voters.
“Congressman Dent is part of the problem in Washington DC,” said Justin Schall, Callahan for Congress Campaign Manager. “People have lost faith in their elected officials because of hypocrisy like Dent saying one thing to voters, but another when he’s hanging out by the pool with Republican Leader Boehner and his donors. Charlie has forgotten that it is his job to represent voters, not make jokes at their expense.”
Case in point, Congressman Charlie Dent recently held a poolside fundraiser with Republican Minority Leader John Boehner. During the event, which cost donors at least $500 each to attend, Dent and Boehner explained exactly how they feel about the Ethics Committee in Washington.
I think this is disturbing. As you will recall, the Republican culture of corruption was a significant driver behind the 2006 rout. Can anyone actually point to any evidence that the Party has taken meaningful action to clean out the riff raff? Because it looks to me like the exact same party. Republicans won’t say whether they will gut the Office of Congressional Ethics if they take power. They are capitalizing on the insane fundraising opportunities now available to them because of the Citizens United decision, raking in truckloads of corporate PAC money.
Charlie Dent on the Ethics Committee is a fox guarding the hen house. Earlier this year, the New York Times ran a two-page story on Pay to Play pork with Dent as one of the main characters. The reason Dent is laughing at the Ethics Committee is that he is getting away with Pay to Play funny business that should be investigated, but won’t for obvious reasons.