When you think of corruption in Washington DC a freshman Representative from a rural district isn’t the first person that comes to mind, or at least, that’s not the archetype that we’ve come to expect. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen, or that it doesn’t happen.
Well, it happened folks, and sooner than anyone ever anticipated. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R) Frog Jump has been named one of the 19 most corrupt members of Congress by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
That’s one heck of an accomplishment for a Freshman.
From the report:
“Rep. Fincher ruthlessly lied and cheated his way to an electoral victory. Given his track record, how can Americans believe anything that comes out of his mouth now that he’s in Congress?” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Members like this give Congress a bad name.”
Citing a sketchy, at best, loan during the campaign and inconsistent financial disclosures CREW notes that the Federal Election Commission also found the loan to “probably be illegal”, but chose to do nothing about it. With justice like this, it’s no wonder people are losing faith in government institutions.
So, it seems that instead of shaking up Washington, Fincher has chosen to shakedown Washington, doing his own business before the business of his constituents. Good times.
I can’t wait to see what he does for his next act. Maybe he’ll introduce a bill to suspend EPA rules and end capital gains taxes. Oh wait, he did that too.