McCloskey told Rotarians that he and his allies lobbied Congress last year to tighten up ethical standards that they say were relaxed in recent years in order to protect former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. He also criticized Pombo for his close ties with Indian tribes. McCloskey blasted Pombo’s efforts to reverse a rule that would have required a bipartisan, majority vote of the House Ethics Committee to initiate an ethics investigation against DeLay. Before the rule change, it took only a 5-5 vote to begin investigating a scandal.
Pombo said in a recent interview that he missed vote on changing the Ethics Committee rules.
McCloskey said Pombo and John Doolittle, R-Roseville, are “DeLay Republicans” who have benefited from the fundraising abuses that led to DeLay’s indictment and resignation from the position of House majority leader.
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News release from McCloskey's campaign: McCloskey - Follow the Money