Last night, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives acted on whether to hold House members ethically responsible for their actions. As Business Insider reported:
House Republicans voted to gut the House Ethics Committee, and George Santos said it was 'fantastic'
Santos was probably not the only representative who was happy with the vote. I would think that West Virginia’s Alex Mooney also liked the decision by the House, as he has at least two ethical cases before the committee. For instance:
Mooney has certainly kept the committee busy:
But now, Mooney's ethical problems are probably a thing of the past:
And what about the election of the Speaker of the House?
Despite reservations, in the long process to elect the Speaker, Congressman Mooney consistently voted for Kevin McCarthy even though he suggested that he might not. Here is CNN’s Manu Raj early in the process:
But as WV Metro News would later report, Mooney voted for McCarthy on every ballot. Metro’s headline:
Round after round, West Virginia’s Mooney and Miller vote Kevin McCarthy for speaker
I wonder if there was anything that McCarthy could have promised Mooney to keep his vote?
If you’re interested, here is Hoppy Kercheval’s interview with Mooney. (Don't worry, Kercheval didn't ask Mooney any difficult questions.)
I like Citizens for Ethics take on this: