Westmoreland protests The Goracle’s appearance on House floor

Violation of ethics rules? From the ABH:

As Gore visited with former colleagues on the House floor around lunchtime, Rep. Westmoreland argued that the Democrat was violating recently enacted ethics rules rescinding floor privileges for former congressmen working as agents of a foreign government.Because Gore serves as an adviser to Britain on climate change, Westmoreland said, he shouldn’t have been allowed.

“It is in total violation of the House rules,” Westmoreland, a third-term lawmaker from Grantville, said in an interview after raising a parliamentary inquiry on the issue. “They don’t even pay any attention to their own rules.”

Democrat spokespersons ridiculed the move as a sign of “how ridiculous some Republicans in Congress have become,” and of an unwillingness to “address the substance of what former Vice President Gore was trying to say.”

The Democrat argument against Rep. Westmoreland’s complaint was that “Gore works with Britain in an informal, unpaid role and is not a registered foreign agent with the Justice Department, as the rule requires.” If that’s the case, then they are correct — there’s no violation of the House rule.

20 comments

  1. Indy says:

    I have to agree with the Democrat… Westmoreland does look a little petty here. Doesn’t he have something more productive to talk about. Seems like a wast of time to me.

  2. dingleberry says:

    Westmoreland is such an idiot. I can’t believe people think he’d be a good governor….of course, anything would be an improvement over what we have now…

  3. Bull Moose says:

    Good Lord, Lynn Westmoreland is just trying to make news… God bless him. Maybe if he’d try and do something for the environment that might make news.

    Instead, he crows about this… give me a break!

  4. bird says:

    Yeah, a former Vice-President has no business at the US Capitol. This is petty and asinine.

    Actually, now that I think about it, this is something Cynthia McKinney would have pulled against a Republican.

  5. Jeff Emanuel says:

    bird, the House rules are the House rules, former VP or no. Gore is an adviser to the Brit gov’t; however, if he’s not a “registered foreign agent,” which plenty of former US officeholders have become (hence the rule), then his presence was not a violation of the rule.

  6. RuralDem says:

    Well according to the DOJ, he isn’t a registered foreign agent.

    I’m not sure of the entire global warming issue, in fact, I need to do much more research on it. However, I do think Westmoreland simply wanted to score some political points and it backfired in his face. His partisan rhetoric is long past old.

  7. Mad Dog says:

    jkga,

    You pre-empted me.

    If Westmoreland can’t remember 10 little rules from Gawd, then who expects him to remember where he parked his car?

  8. SkylerA says:

    Westmoreland is SUCH AN idiot, point blank.

    He needs to spend more time studying the Ten Commandments, and less time worrying about preventing Al Gore from saving the planet.

    Gotta love “Christian” Conservatives.

  9. DMZDave says:

    The purpose of the rule the House enacted was to prevent former members from abusing the privilege of the floor to lobby. Unfortunately they could only agree on limiting those who were registered agents of foreign governments and did not preclude folks like Al Gore from using their former positions to enrich themselves while pushing their causes and abusing the privilege of the floor. Westmoreland got this wrong. If one were to choose to embarass Al Gore it should be because his electric meter is spinning like a top at one of his many homes while he circles the globe preaching energy conservation, however, it is unlikely Al can be embarassed by his appetite for energy or anything else.

    And I do have to admit that given his appearance on Colbert, his obvious lack of perparation for Valerie Plame hearing, and now his misinformed objection to Al Gore’s lobbying, Westmoreland would do well to consider doing a little homework before speaking.

  10. Bull Moose says:

    Lynn Westmoreland could sponsor a national “Take your gun to work bill” and see how well that goes over on the natioinal scene.

    That would go along well with his efforts to eliminate the Voting Rights Act.

  11. StevePerkins says:

    Up until recently, Rudy Guiliani was doing consulting work, advising the municipal government of Mexico City on strategies for reducing crime. Is Guiliani a “Mexican foreign agent”?

  12. atlantaman says:

    I think they are using the term agent more in the legal sense and less in the 007 sense.

    So if Guliani was representing the interests of Mexico as a lobbyist then yes he was a agent of Mexico.

  13. StevePerkins says:

    Yes, Al Gore and Rudy Guiliani are in the exact same boat (along with practically EVERY out-of-office national politician who has foreign policy experience). The point is that if the Democrats tried to protest a Rudy appearance on Capitol Hill, they would look petty and ridiculous. Just like Westmoreland does right now.

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