What Happened to Jackson Hewitt?: Why the Media and the Media Establishment Weren’t There
The media’s attempt to paint a picture of Jackson as an “outsider” who didn’t have the credentials of a “political insider” may be working: In the wake of the media’s attack on Rep. Jackson (R-FL), the House Ethics Committee has issued a scathing report that calls on the House GOP leadership to investigate.
“As a matter of congressional ethics, the Ethics Committee’s Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) takes allegations of misconduct seriously and seeks appropriate corrective action against members who have engaged in such misconduct,” the report states.
“It is important to note that members are allowed to respond to this matter in a manner that reflects their own moral character, and that the OCE will pursue its own independent investigation of this matter.”
In a press release, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-WI) called on House leaders to immediately launch an investigation of Rep. Rep. Joe Heck (R., NV) over allegations of his “behavior” during the recent recess.
“We are committed to ensuring the ethics of our Congress,” Ryan said in the statement.
“Our Ethics Committee takes allegations that are credible, credible allegations of improper behavior extremely seriously, and will thoroughly investigate any allegations that may arise.
The Ethics Committee will take the appropriate action, and I look forward to working with the leadership of the House to bring this matter to a swift resolution.”
Heck, who is running for a second term in the House, has previously said he did not have a personal stake in the outcome of the debate and would not have taken a position on the resolution.
Reporters were quick to dismiss the report, saying the committee’s focus was on the content of Heck’s speech rather than on whether Heck was a “conspiracy theorist.”
But, according to the Hill, the report’s findings suggest that the House has made its case against Heck and that a “cover-up” of the incident has taken place.
“This was not an isolated incident,” the Hill reported.
“While it is true that Rep. Heck had a personal interest in the content or debate of the bill, the committee did not find that he acted inappropriately.”
While Heck’s representatives have yet to comment, Rep. Steve King (R.IA) blasted the House leadership for the lack of action on the issue.
“I do not know whether this report is just a politically motivated attempt to score political points or whether there is a deeper, more systemic problem here,” King said in a statement to the outlet.
“The fact that this issue has been discussed by House Republicans is alarming and disqualifying.
It is not acceptable that our Congress is willing to go to such lengths to protect itself from accountability for the behavior of a sitting member of Congress.
This kind of behavior is unacceptable, and it is a shameful reminder of what is at stake in Washington.”