WASHINGTON -- March 22 -- A look at newspaper editorials around the country reflect a growing impatience with House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), his ethical problems and the Republican leadership's efforts to hide them.
The Denver Post calls DeLay "a major distraction to the Republicans' legislative agenda" and asks whether he is "worth the ethical stain on the GOP integrity?"
The Register Guard of Eugene, OR, says DeLay and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) "are tearing down the House by turning its ethics committee into a defanged Chihuahua and the House into a chamber without enforceable ethics rules."
The Seattle Times urges its home state Member of Congress, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), the new chairman of the Ethics Committee, to bring the Ethics Committee back to life after it literally stopped functioning earlier this month after Democrats on the panel refused to accept rules changes that would make it much harder to initiate an investigation. "The stalemate is untenable," the paper said. "The House needs an effective working ethics committee that is credible - and Hastings should insist on it."