“This is going to play itself out, but I don't expect it's going to have a big impact on the election.” — House Minority Leader John Boehner
Two ethics trials of high profile Democratic legislators? Not a big impact? That's news for some contributors to these forums. But contrast how Democrats address their scandals with how Republicans do. Dem's conduct public trials and Repub's do what? Mostly look the other way.
Excerpted from “Boehner: Rangel And Waters Scandals Won't Have Major Election Impact” By Brian Beutler, Talking Points Memo DC, August 5, 2010, 6:17PM
Democrats have been hoping to use Republican attacks on Democratic ethics against them, to remind voters of recent and ongoing GOP scandals. The Rangel and Waters ethics trials, they say, prove that Democrats have made good on their pledge to clean up the House of Representatives, where, in the past, Republicans sought to bury their scandals.