Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Reid Does the Right Thing

WASHINGTON - Reversing course, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid's office acknowledged Wednesday night he misstated the ethics rules governing his acceptance of free boxing tickets and has decided to avoid taking such gifts in the future.

The Nevada senator still believes it was "entirely permissible" for him to accept ringside seats for three professional boxing matches in 2004 and 2005 from the Nevada Athletic Commission but has nonetheless decided to avoid doing so in the future, his office said.

"In light of questions that have been raised about the practice, Senator Reid will not accept these kinds of credentials in the future in order to avoid even the faintest appearance of impropriety," spokesman Jim Manley said.

This is called learning. Harry learned that accepting such 'gifts' is wrong as a public servant and has rescinded his ways. This should be in the Democratic Platform, and be made policy of the party. There's no reason for a Nevada senator to accept gifts and attend private festivities, regardless of your take on Boxing. He has a job to do and that is to serve the people of Nevada, and as a senator, the nation. Give 'em hell Harry.


I also find it interesting that he is pictured (in the article at the time) afront a backdrop which reads (at least) "Honest Leadership / Open Government". Given that this white house is the least open government in history, it will be interesting to see how the Democrats try to reverse that course and Crash the Gates