Thursday, May 31, 2007

International Herald Tribune Editorial - Politics trumps ethics

International Herald Tribune Editorial - Politics trumps ethics
Copyright by The International Herald Tribune
Published: May 30, 2007

The Bush administration's push to turn federal agencies into favor-filled partisan clubhouses has just been confirmed in red-handed detail at the General Services Administration, the government's main housekeeping agency. Investigators found that Lurita Doan, the Bush appointee running the agency, violated the Hatch Act, which forbids federal workers from politicking on the job.

Last January, Doan summoned her assistants to a campaign strategy session run by Karl Rove's White House political operation. Tax-paid employees were treated to a PowerPoint briefing and slide show identifying Democrats marked as "2008 House Targets: Top 20." Witnesses recalled Doan asking the gathering how they could "help our candidates" with GSA favors.

Like so many Bush appointees lately summoned to account by Congress, Doan repeatedly said she could not recall details of the meeting. But her credibility is in tatters. She should be dismissed for violating one of the most hallowed laws of fairness in government service. As for Rove, this is only the latest abuse for which he needs to be brought to account.


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