Thursday, May 21, 2009
A trip down memory lane...
...for those of you who are willing to throw your support behind Newt Gingrich's efforts to lead the Republican Party out of the political wilderness.
WashingtonPost, January 22, 1997.FYI, the vote to rebuke the man who now thinks Nancy Pelosi is unfit to be Speaker of the House, was 395 in favor and 28 opposed.
The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and order him to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House's 208-year history it has disciplined a speaker for ethical wrongdoing.
The ethics case and its resolution leave Gingrich with little leeway for future personal controversies, House Republicans said. Exactly one month before yesterday's vote, Gingrich admitted that he brought discredit to the House and broke its rules by failing to ensure that financing for two projects would not violate federal tax law and by giving the House ethics committee false information.
"Newt has done some things that have embarrassed House Republicans and embarrassed the House," said Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.). "If [the voters] see more of that, they will question our judgment."
Oh, and don't forget that this vote came about a year before Gingrich tried to impeach Bill Clinton while cheating on his own wife with one of his congressional aides.