The newly formed congressional supercommittee’s 12 members are charged with finding more than $1 trillion in budget savings this fall. Their clout could attract more campaign contributions, and lawmakers are demanding greater accountability for the money the panel’s members take in. [emph mine]
Nah, you think?
Good thing, then, that we have men of high principle on this supercommittee, such as The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz (or is it The Tin Man?):
Earlier this week, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told the Boston Globe he’d decided not to do any fundraising while he serves on the supercommittee. However, possibly out of deference to colleagues who do plan to raise funds, Kerry downplayed his decision when asked about it.
“I think that too much is being made out of that. People are doing business here in the United States Senate all the time,” he says, “and unfortunately, because of the nature of politics, they have to raise money too. So I’m not going to get into that discussion.”
Too bad he’s not in a position to do anything about “the nature of politics”—you know, like a position of power or something. And I guess we’re supposed to believe that Kerry is taking the high road by refusing to do any fundraising. That’s because he’s not going to need to—his mere presence on that supercommittee will be all the fundraising he needs. Notice he didn’t say “refuse to accept any funds.”