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Republican Ethics? Not So Much…

Remember those heady days after Republican Representative Duke Cunningham plead guilty to bribery and corruption charges (and apparently had a menu of bribery options…how efficient), and Republican lobbyist and politico Jack Abramoff plead guilty to bribery and tax evasion charges and Republican Representative Tom DeLay was indicted in Texas? And Republicans were running from all sides to denounce poor ethics behavior and push reforms into Congress at top speed? A veritable stampede of ethical goodness, right?

Well, not so much.

Sucks when you have to actually DO the reform instead of just pretending to be for it, doesn’t it? Actions speak louder than words and in this case, Republican action on ethics can be summed up thusly:

**crickets chirping**

For a party that controls both houses of Congress and the White House, inaction is speaking very loudly indeed.

Want reform? Elect a Democrat.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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