Congress Ethics

The SOTU Curse

I’m beginning to believe in the idea that whoever delivers the Republican State of the Union response is cursed.

In recent years delivering the GOP response has spelled doom for the person delivering it. For example, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been indicted, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will never be allowed to forget “volcano monitoring,” and Senator Marco Rubio will always have that moment he reached for the water bottle.

The Republican party’s most recent spokesperson is now facing an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union address, is accused of hiring political operatives to work alongside her official staff during her bid for the chairmanship.

A complaint was filed in July with the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog tasked with investigating alleged wrongdoing by members of Congress.

Rodgers allegedly used privately funded and publicly funded operatives for the same purpose; winning the conference chairmanship. They reportedly did so while on the clock on the taxpayer dime which is prohibited by ethics rules.

There’s no guarantee that this investigation will result in substantive consequences, but it’s clear that anyone who delivers the Republican response will see their stock plummet shortly.

  • Christopher Foxx

    but it’s clear that anyone who delivers the Republican response will see their stock plummet shortly

    It’s not that doing the SOTU response makes a Republican tainted. It’s that there isn’t an untainted Republican to be found to make the response.

    • IrishGrrrl

      Indeed, the proverbial “shallow bench”

  • trgahan

    Getting to be enough data points to potentially forward the hypothesis
    that elected Republican officials are all corrupt and/or stupid.

    Still have the NPR news report in my head painting the GOP
    selection of Rep. Rogers as SOTU responder as a huge “gotcha!” on Obama….as if
    a female republican with children validates EVERYTHING Republics say while
    negating Democrats er something….stupid liberal media!

    • IrishGrrrl

      Of course, Republican vaginas matter…those librul ones, not so much.

  • muselet

    The response from Cathy McMorris Rodgers’s attorney is priceless:

    “As has become an unfortunate rite of passage for many Members of Congress, the OCE regularly refers matters to the House Ethics Committee for further review. Such reviews are virtually automatic, and as the Committee always points out, does not indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee,” McMorris Rodgers’ attorney, Elliot Berke of the McGuireWoods law firm said according to Politico.

    Translation: This is routine. Nothing to see here, move along.

    At least he didn’t blame ACORN, the New Black Panther Party and Obama’s jackbooted IRS thugs for McMorris Rodgers’s problems.


  • Jeremy Grunloh

    It’s starting to remind me of the Best New Artist grammy.