Republican Moral Values: Public Corruption Is Less Serious Than Private Infidelity
A twisted window onto Republican Party moral values was opened yesterday, as the two headlines appeared side by side in the Google News feed:
On the one hand we have Rep. Grimm Charged With Tax Fraud, Says He Won’t Quit, and on the other we have Kissing Congressman Won’t Seek Re-election.
Vance McAllister, Republican U.S. Representative from Louisiana, announced that he will not seek re-election to his seat in Congress. Why? He was seen kissing someone other than his wife.
At about the same time, Michael Grimm, Republican U.S. Representative from New York, declared that not only would he try to hold on to his seat in Congress, but that he intends to attempt to regain a seat on the House Committee on Financial Services. Congressman Grimm has been indicted on 20 counts of engaging in fraudulent financial practices, after an investigation that began as an inquiry into Grimm’s highly irregular campaign finance practices.
“I know I’m a moral man, a man of integrity,” Grimm said yesterday.
That’s the Republican idea of morality for you.