This week, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Representative Jerry Lewis was revealed to have set up secret accounts for his cronies in Canada, into which corporate lobbyists could make contributions of stock options. It was also revealed that Congressman Lewis allowed corporate lobbyists to write legislation that he then passed off as his own.
A new story like this about Republican corruption comes out almost every week. So, Democratic congressional candidate Michael Arcuri should be all over this issue, hammering his Republican rival Ray Meier hard with the taint of a Republican culture of corruption, right?
Well, yes, Arcuri ought to be doing that. But, he's not. Instead of actually campaigning, Michael Arcuri seems to be relaxing, celebrating his victories over the other Democratic candidates, and turning his attention back to the day job that he refuses to quit in order to launch a genuine congressional campaign.
So it is that the first candidate to attack the Republican culture of corruption in Congress is the Republican, Ray Meier.
A few days ago, Ray Meier issued a statement calling for significant changes to combat corruption in Congress. The statement begins:
"As Congress returns from its Memorial Day recess, Congressional Candidate Raymond A. Meier is calling on them to drop their claim of privilege status with regard to judicial search warrants, ban gifts and travel paid for by lobbyists, and form an independent bi-partisan commission to recommend further steps to restore integrity to the legislative process."
Well, there you have it. Ray Meier has innoculated himself on this issue. If Michael Arcuri ever does bother to get around to the issue of rampant corruption in Congress, his statement will be regarded as a "me-too".
Clue to the Arcuri for Congress campaign: You attack before your opponent builds a defense.
If Michael Arcuri doesn't want to bother campaigning for Congress, he ought to have stayed out of the race and left the campaigning to a Democrat who really wanted the job.