An Open Declaration of War Against The House Republican Leadership

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There is only one thing you need to do. Call John Boehner at (202) 225-4000 and tell him the House GOP will get no support until Ken Calvert is off Appropriations.

Dear Readers of RedState,

The House Republican Leadership just does not get it and they will not take us seriously until we flex our muscle against them. We must fight the House GOP and we must fight today.

Today, I declare war on the Republican Leadership of the United States House of Representatives. We must scalp one member. That member's name is Ken Calvert.

When John Doolittle had to step down from the House Appropriations Committee because of a corruption investigation, the House GOP gave the nod to Calvert.

In 2005, Calvert and a partner paid $550,000 for 4.3 acres of land. Calvert then used his earmarking powers to secure $8 million in funds for an interstate exchange on the property. He then sold the property for about $1 million.

Also in 2005, a business partner of Calvert's bought additional land that Calvert's earmarks benefited. When the property was sold, a firm financially connected to Calvert received a commission for the sale.

In 2006, Calvert engaged in other shady land deals. The list goes.

I won't even go in to his arrest for soliciting a prostitute.

This is the man House Republicans chose to replace John Doolittle. They just don't get it. So now I declare war. Who is with me?

There is only one thing you need to do. Call John Boehner at (202) 225-4000 and tell him the House GOP will get no support until Ken Calvert is off Appropriations.

For those who really want join the fight, click below the fold for the list of names you need be callling.

Read on . . .

Call each person below. Call their local office first. Then call their House Office.

Ask if they voted for Calvert and if they would support his removal from Appropriations.

Record the answers in the thread.


John Boehner (OH-8
(513) 779-5400

Roy Blunt (MO-7)
(417) 781-1041
(202) 225-6536)

Denny Hastert (IL-14)
(815) 288-0680
(202) 225-2371

Eric Cantor (VA-7)
(804) 747-4073
(202) 225-2815

Adam Putnam (FL-12)
(863) 534-3530
(202) 225-1252

Thad McCotter (MI-11)
(734) 632-0314
(202) 225-8171

Kay Granger (TX-12)
(817) 338-0909
(202) 225-5071

John Carter (TX-31)
(512) 246-1600
(202) 225-3864

Tom Cole (OK-4)
(405) 329-6500
(202) 225-6165

Tom Reynolds (NY-26)
(716) 634-2324
(202) 225-5265

Jerry Lewis (CA-41)
(800) 233-1700
(202) 225-5861

Joe Barton (TX-6)
(817) 543-1000
(202) 225-2002

David Dreier (CA-26)
(626) 852-2626
(202) 225-2305

Jim McCrery (LA-4)
(337) 238-0778
(202) 225-2777

Lamar Smith (TX-21)
(210) 821-5024
(202) 225-4236

Doc Hastings (WA-4)
(509) 452-3243
(202) 225-5816

Lee Terry (NE-2)
(402) 397-9944
(202) 225-4155

Ray LaHood (IL-8)
(217) 793-0808
(202) 225-6201

Dave Camp (MI-4)
(231) 929-4711
(202) 225-3561

John McHugh (NY-23)
(315) 697-2063
(202) 225-4611

Bill Young (FL-10)
(727) 391-6030
(202) 225-5961

Ralph Regula (OH-16)
(330) 722-3793
(202) 225-3876

Harold Rogers (KY-5)
(606) 679-8346
(202) 225-4601

John Linder (GA-7)
(770) 232-3005
(202) 225-4272

Don Young (AK-At Large)
(907) 283-5808
(202) 225-5765

Cathy McMorris Rogers (WA-5)
(509) 353-2374
(202) 225-2006

Kevin McCarthy (CA-22)
(661) 327-3611
(202 225-2915

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I am the Press Secretary for Congressman Ken Calvert. I invite you to read the original hit piece by the LA Times and the same matter covered fairly by the Riverside Press Enterprise. The two newspapers were given full access to my boss - one wrote a hit piece with misinformation another wrote an accurate piece. The Press Enterprise also wrote an Editorial that concluded there was nothing to the LA Times allegations. All pieces are on the Congressman's website at

Furthermore, all these matters were completely aired out before the Steering Committee and the full Republican Conference where my boss answered any and all questions thoroughly and in detail.

Please feel free to email me with any questions at

Thank you,
Rebecca Rudman

Thanks for stopping by Rebecca. The problem is that I just read the 38th email from Republican staffers on the Hill and every single one is rooting for us on this matter.

In fact, I know several members of the steering committee were loudly saying Calvert should not be on appropriations and were ignored.

purchase the land in question?

Did he sponsor the earmark?

Did he sell the land as described?

Yes or no will be fine. It doesn't take a thousand words to figure this out.

Thank you.
Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

Did the congressman personally benefit from

In 2005, Calvert and a partner paid $550,000 for 4.3 acres of land. Calvert then used his earmarking powers to secure $8 million in funds for an interstate exchange on the property. He then sold the property for about $1 million.

Also in 2005, a business partner of Calvert's bought additional land that Calvert's earmarks benefited. When the property was sold, a firm financially connected to Calvert received a commission for the sale.

Thats the question the answer is to show he didn't not shuffle it off to some third party opinion.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

If these allegations of corruption were brought before the committee, and they were simply ignored, then we have a bigger issue on our hands. We Republicans can't have anymore corruption on our hands, with the media being selective in their exposure and criticism.

When I was held command in the Navy, we were held to the standard that ''he mere appearance of impropriety" was sufficient to be relieved of command - whether it be a ship, squadron or shore based installation. It happens rather frequently since it is a tough standard to live up to - but it results in the institution (the Navy) being stronger.

I would expect nothing less from our elected representatives, local, state and federal - that they be held to the same standard. The Country needs leaders who put their personal gains behind the needs of the nation and those they represent.

You appear to have addressed the one property mentioned in the LAT hit piece but have been silent regarding the other real estate issues in 2005 and 2006. The fact that a Steering Committee attorney 'blessed' the deal as 'legal' is irrelevant. The question is: Do any of his real estate transactions and/or earmarks have the appearance of impropriety, if the answer is yes, he is not qualified to serve on the committee.

"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." -- James Madison

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"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." -- James Madison

Putting Calvert on the appropriations committee is like putting O.J. on a jury.

Calvert's appointment tells you a lot about how appropriators are in charge of the GOP House. They care more about protecting what Jack Abramoff called the "earmark favor factory" than they do about defending conservative values.

Corruption is not murder. It's not even in the same league.

Run like Reagan!

I agree corruption is much worse than murder, it adversely impacts many more individuals.

...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right...

---Thomas Paine---

"Erick, you're wrong because...

"We all need to stick together against the common enemy: The Judean People's Front! The Democrats!

"California Republicans need to play by different rules in order to get elected, and winning is what counts.

"The Democrats would never do this to their own! IN HIS FREEZER! When will we learn to play the game like them?

"People like you are why we lost in 2006.

"You need to be quiet and let the real world adults handle this. Stick to writing about old TV shows on your little Internet site."

Go get 'em.

Run like Reagan!

There is just not enough money to satisfy these guys. I've come to the conclusion that the same personality required to be a politician also leaves you susceptible to selling your soul. Power must be quite the addiction.

P.S. I'm with you.

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes the greater is their power to harm us - Voltaire

On the one hand we have Kansas governor playing games with disaster victims. On the other hand we have our own engaging in Theft as usual.

I would say throw them all out but we will just get more of the same.
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

"I would say throw them all out but we will just get more of the same."

You hit on a good point. I have given this a lot of thought in the past. We keep getting disappointed in various political figures. Is it that we get bad apples in the system or is the system set up to produce them? I think its a combo of both but there isn't much focus placed on the system component.

I think we have sent many well intentioned representatives (of course there are outright crooks too) to Washington but they get caught up in the system of power and favors. We need to take a hard look at tweaking the system to produce the product we want: efficient, effective, responsive government. Trying to change people is a tough thing to do.

The goals should be plenty of sunshine and public disclosure that is EASILY accessible and EASY to comprehend. I don't believe in this day and time re-election hopes are enough of a carrot/stick to keep public servants in line. We need daily checks and balances/disclosure built into the system.

Didn't Reagan say, "Trust, but verify." ?

Washington lawyers are paid big bucks to produce wordy complicated pieces that are designed to confuse people. This is intentional. It happens in business all the time as well.

If the government can mandate EASY to read nutrition labels for food products why can't they do the same for government?

When will the Republican party realize the deck is always stacked against them. The Dems have the MSM in their favor. Republicans must bend over backwards to have a much more squeaky clean group of elected officials. It is reality.

An analogy is terrorism. Terrorists only have to strike once to cause damage. We have to be right all the time. Let's not give Dems and MSM any ammunition.

It's time to do some major house cleaning so the public can see through the glass walls once again. Then and only then can we be empowered to start throwing rocks.

If we elect dirty or compromised politicians in place they will not fight against anything that may lead to backlash exposure of themselves.

If you always find yourself arguing the exceptions rather than the rule you just might be rapidly sliding down your own slippery slope to irrelevance.

seems to be a crook, a self-aggrandizing megalomaniac, and terminally dysfunctional. I now think this applies equally to both parties. I wouldn't want someone as president who didn't want it, but OTOH everyone who does want it (or worse, like Hillary!, Algore, Jf'nK, obsesses over it) appears to be abnormal to the point of insanity. Maybe this is partly why Fred appeals: he seems not only deliberative but undesperate to achieve the office.

These people are all loathesome. The political personality is loathesome. The Republicans in general are just slightly less loathesome, mainly because they don't actually act in league with our enemies at every opportunity. Some party.

You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

Learn to speak your mind. Tell us what you REALLY think. You are just so hard to figure out.

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

Do those around you think that you would be different?
If so, then stop whining and help throw them out by running for office yourself.
If at all possible, I would like to either follow the tidal wave of normal people getting elected, or lead it. Get rid of the lawyers and doctors and other career politicians that make up our elected leadership. Replace them with normal people.

"It's a book about a man who doesn't know he's about to die, and then dies...
...But if the man does know he's going to die and dies anyway. Dies, dies willing, knowing he can stop it, then...
Well, isn't that the type of man you want to keep alive?"
Karen Eiffel, Stranger Than Fiction

Which is why I wouldn't run for office. They might vote for me if I promised to change after getting to Washington.
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

One more confirmation that what everyone knew in their bones about those resisting earmark reform. They were crooks and the only reason they opposed earmark reform was to keep it easy to rob the treasury.
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

Ken Calvert and Lincoln Chafee, members of the same club.

You’re a persistent cuss, pilgrim.
John Wayne to Jimmy Stewart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

So we have the democrats defunding the war, the most precarious situation in the Middle East probably in history, and THIS is what you want the members of Redstate to focus on?!! Going to war against our own side?

Count me out.

United States Air Force

Absolutely. At some point the war will be over. Then what do we have left? A group of House Republicans who don't take the base seriously and continue their pattern of greed and corruption.


Too often, the Right's political blogs focus on creating those little zingers of criticism against the Dems which ultimately have no value.

The real work which will get us back into leadership is demanding accountability from those who say they represent us.

First We Frighten the Republicans into Honesty. THEN the public will join us in cleaning the full house.

Good point. Anyone who says we have to choose between demanding integrity from Congressional Republicans vs. returning them to power (or bolstering their strength as the minority) is presenting a false choice, at least as far as the long run is concerned. Ultimately, the Republican Party must regain its soul to have a chance at appealing to enough voters -- turnout among Republicans and attracting Independents and moderate Democrats -- to regain and retain power.

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way."
John Paul Jones (letter to M. Le Ray de Chaumont,16 Nov.1778)

Due to a number of requests directly, here is the Press Enterprise Editorial. The other articles can be found at the front page of Rep. Calvert's website

False alarm

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 18,2006
Print edition May 19, 2006 - Lead Editorial
The Press Enterprise

The public should remain vigilant in fighting political corruption. But trumping up flimsy charges against Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, poorly serves the search for real Congressional malfeasence.

Calvert, who ran a real estate business before entering Congress, sold 4.3 acres of land in January along Cajalco Road near Interstate 215 for $965,000. Considering Calvert bought the land one year earlier for nearly half that price, he enjoyed a fine profit. Something about that looked crooked to Lake Mathews community activist Art Cassel.

Cassel complained at a March Joint Powers Commission meeting in April that Calvert's sale presented a conflict of interest because the congressman secured $8 million in federal funding in July 2005 for an interchange at Cajalco Road and the 215.

Only, Calvert didn't do that.

Calvert helped procure funding for an interchange at Cajalco Road and Interstate 15 -- 16 miles away from his property. And the LA-based watchdog group Center for Governmental Studies noted this week that Calvert's profit matched the rise in market value of the area. That sounds reasonable enough.

The nature of Calvert's private-sector business will often present the potential of a conflict of interest, so the congressman should be careful to avoid it. Sadly, voters see enough real shady business going on in Congress. Sounding false
alarms of corruption only breeds more cynicism about government.

Online at: Opinion S op 19 ed calvert3.

What about all the other land deals? What about the arrest?

I've started to notice a scary thing lately...
Where "we" use to face the white flags of defeat with the Red, White and Blue of American perseverance and pride... We're starting to sound like a buch of whiney little paranoid ninnies... You know... we're starting to sound... like "them".
Hell... we know the real root of "their" hissy fits and revenge tactics... They got their little elitist egos b*tch slapped in the last two bids for the white house... by the "idiot/hayseed/swaggerin/can't even say "nu-cler" right" George Dubya, no less!
Imagine the hard-core rage that must be feuling that obsession for revenge.

Well... for some time now... ('round about November-ish... you know... when we got our "neener-neener-neener-we won the election egos b*tch slapped)... I've been hearing a bit of "their" sound emanating from "our" side... and frankly, it's starting to become a bit embarrassing.
Rather than blazing through the “rather-gate-esque” fires started by “them” to distract America from the truth … we start screaming for the heads of our own ourselves to shut “them” up and leave us alone.
We gripe about and demand answers to “why” that “new congress in town” hasn’t kept any of the big promises they promised to enact during those proverbial “first 100”…
So… other than “griping and demanding answers”… Can anyone tell me what “we” have really accomplished since November? What have we done with “our first 100”?… and I’m not talking about the successes of our Military (… you know, the ones the democrats are demanding occur but refuse to acknowledge as they are)… “WE” aren’t even worthy of wiping a Soldiers boots at the end of OUR fighting day…
Maybe while we’ve been so busy pointing out how “lost” the democrats are… we failed to notice our own ship has strayed WAY off course.

"Oh Lord - it's hard to be hum-ble... when you're per-fect in e-ver-y way..."

"Even when you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."

that as the Democrat Party went increasingly leftward over the cliff, the resulting ideological vacuum would pull the Republicans further and further to the left (center) in response. This is exactly what has happened and apparently no amount of warnings could prevent it. The only thing that keeps the parties "honest" (a ridiculous word to use in relation to politicians or parties anymore) is not going ultra left or ultra right. I don't mean hovering in the center; I am a firm, rightwing conservative. I've been a firm leftwing liberal and I know the seduction of the ultra-lefty ideology. The parties are always in tension within themselves and between each other. Purity really does not exist except on paper.

But this center-left vacuum that the GOP is trying to fill now will either bring about a revolution within the party or will consign the party to the trashheap for another 40 years.

I still say, and I am loathe to say it, that the only thing that saves the Republican Party is our stand on national defense in a time of attack. The further we get from being attacked the more we lose our way. We have already lost our way on everything else. It can be regained but it won't be pretty.

You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

are a Symptom, Not a Cause

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" - Ronald Reagan

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The lady who answered the phone said she did not know and they wanted my *address* to mail me the answer.

His office bounced me around to a voicemail box.

Anthony said I wasn't a constituent and should call my Representative. I said my Representative was not on steering. He eventually transferred me to Michael who said they will not comment.

I called Harry Reid's office on another matter and they hung up on me saying I didn't live in Nevada.

Harry Reid should then be restricted to Nevada matters and shut the F^*k up on speaking on my behalf calling our war lost.

That seems to be a senator-by-senator rule. Some care, others don't.

Anywhoo, he was elected to serve them, not you. His position as leader of party gives him more press, but does that really mean he needs to address your grievances?

He's there to represent his state, not yours.

Then Dirty Harry and Nancy Paloozi need to stop making blanket statements such as, "The American people oppose this war, Mr. President..." Maybe in Nevada and California (San Francisco specifically) but not where I come from, Hoss!

Quit moving your head woman, you'll spill my beer!

I live in Calvert's district and I only live about a mile from where the "shady" land deal took place. While the doubling of his money in such a short time sounds like fraud it isn't. This is Southern California where land prices have been going crazy. I was recently looking at houses close by that sold new in 2002 and 2003 for $180,000-$220,000. They were going for $380,000 to $470,000 late last year (before this "correction").
As for the corrupt money spent on the freeway improvements, ask anyone who lives in Southern California about the 91/60/215 interchange and they will tell you that it is the most outdated interchange in Southern California (and is located miles away from the land deal). This wasn't a "bridge to nowhere" situation. This was one of the most heavily traveled interchanges in the Inland Empire (3.5 million people) that hadn't been updated in design since the 1950s. It was money well spent.

As for Calvert, he is pork-loving, status quo-loving run-of-the-mill Republican. People like him are part of the problem in Washington, but he is not corrupt. I hate to agree with his Press Secretary, but she is right. Calvert was the victim of an LA Times drive-by piece. They were looking for another GOP scalp and you are helping by repeating they're claims.

I would love to see Calvert gone and real conservative take his place, but I don't want to encourage the media to keep making up scandals where done exists. The could do this to any member of Congress and if they keep getting results they will keep doing it.

...that we've just come out of a period (and if the cases of John Doolittle and Rick Renzi are any indication, are still in a period) of extensive corruption within the Republican ranks being exposed. I don't know if Ken Calvert is getting a bum rap or not, but for such a sensitive committee post, the Republican leadership has to find people who are beyond reproach or criticism. I think that's what it has frankly come down to.

What we don't need right now are more articles about how the House Republicans are turning a blind eye toward corruption and malfeasance, whether the attacks or justified or not. This is once again the leadership displaying a tin ear to valid political concerns, and it's part of the reason why I don't think we're going to have control of the House for a long while, because I don't see the situation getting any better over the short-term.

This is from Rep. Ken Calvert:

Clearing the Air

Each and every member of Congress has a duty to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct. I take that responsibility very seriously. The assertion that I have an ethical problem is completely false.

This week my colleagues gave me a welcome opportunity to refute the allegations made against me in a scurrilous 2006 Los Angeles Times story. I’m proud to have done so in an open and thorough fashion, and I write today to do the same for Red State readers.

This all began when a local gadfly shopped around a story to southern California newspapers about a transportation project I supported for the betterment of my district. The project is part of a larger, regional plan, was requested by local transportation officials and is currently three years away from construction. But rather than reporting the facts and the benefits this project would deliver for Californians, the Los Angeles Times ran a sensational story that falsely created an appearance of impropriety.

Fortunately, The Press Enterprise - the sixth largest paper in the State of California - ran a story that accurately reflected the facts and exonerated me from the Times’ not-so-subtle insinuations. In fact, the Press Enterprise also ran an editorial titled “False Alarm” which concluded that the allegations amounted to nothing more than “sounding false alarms of corruption.”

I've posted both the Los Angeles Times and The Press Enterprise articles as well as the editorial on my website: I welcome you to read the articles and judge the facts for yourself.

The American people have every right to expect their elected leaders to adhere to the highest ethical standards. This week I faced tough questions from my leadership and my colleagues in the House Republican Conference. We had a candid, frank discussion, and I answered all of the questions I was asked and was approved by both the Steering Committee and the Republican Conference.

In my 14 years of service in the U.S. Congress, I have always held myself to the highest ethical standards and remain committed to upholding the faith placed in me by our Republican Leadership and all my Republican colleagues.
We should not get distracted from the main challenges which are getting the mainstream media to cover real stories of real improprieties by Members on the other side of the aisle and, most importantly, restoring the Republican majority in Congress.

As a Republican who believes protecting taxpayers is a solemn duty, and a committed legislator who would never abuse the trust placed in him by his constituents, I am dismayed by the distortions leveled against me by the left and I am determined to set the record straight.

I welcome any question, at any time, on any subject - I have absolutely nothing to hide. You may contact me directly at

In conclusion, I'd like to thank Red State readers for their activism on behalf of conservative causes and for taking the time to read this post.


Member of Congress

Congressman Calvert -

Thank you for taking the time to respond. It would be understandable for you to blame the media if you were only facing one frivolous attack. But we need to know, Congressman, why your post only address one of the MANY ethical questions that surround you.

Can you also address the following:

1) In September 2006, you were named one of the "20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress" in a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The organization said that your "ethics issues stem from his use of earmarks for personal gain and his connections to a lobbying firm under investigation."

2) You are closely associated with Thomas Kontogiannis and are known to be (or at least have been) very close to Duke Cunningham. That in itself is not a crime, but on a December 2004 trip to Saudi Arabia you were by Rancho Santa Fe businessman Ziyad Abduljawad, who paid for the trip. As you well know, he is currently an unindicted co-conspirator (#3) in the Cunningham scandal.

In addition, you know that the activities of the lobbying firm Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton and White (now no longer in existence) are currently under investigation by a federal grand jury. Last year in May, the FBI sought your financial records at the same time it pulled the records of Congressman Jerry Lewis (who, ironically you now join on the Appropriations Committee), who is at the center of the Copeland Lowery lobbying controversy. Sadly, you helped pass through at least 13 earmarks sought by Copeland Lowery in 2005, totaling over $91 million.

3) In 1993 you were arrested for soliciting a prostitute. The Riverside Press-Enterprise went to the courts to force the police to release the police report.

In that report, the arresting officer wrote:

"I observed a male subject in the driver seat... As I made my way to the driver door, a female immediately sat up straight in the front passenger seat. It appeared as if her head was originally laying in the driver's lap... Both subjects were extremely nervous. I noticed that the male subject was placing his penis into his unzipped dress slacks, and was trying to hide it with his untucked dress shirt... The male subject started his vehicle and placed it into drive and proceeded to leave. I ordered him three times to turn off the vehicle, and he finally stopped and complied... The male identified himself as Kenneth Stanton Calvert... and stated 'We're just talking that's all, nothing else.' ...I spoke with Linberg separately. I asked her if she had ever been arrested for anything, and she said, 'Yes, for prostitution and under the influence of heroin.' Linberg said she had last 'shot up' approximately one week prior and is currently on methadone."

4) You are associated with Duke Cunningham's apparent relationship to prostitutes.

5) On the earmark that you defend, why didn't you simply disclose the fact that you own land?

These are not even ALL of the questions that arise when your name is mentioned. Congressman Calvert, this is not meant to attack you. Its simply a recognition of the fact that all of these allegations/facts surround your career in Congress. You are not my Congressman, but I do not believe you have earned the respect and trust(or frankly privilege) to serve on a committee that has jurisdiction of spending my or any other American taxpayer's dollars.

If you were humble, you would refuse to serve on the Appropriations Committee - knowing full well the damage that even the appearance of impropriety will do to our party.
Why would you put the party through this? Why not realize the political truth that someone with your past is, at a minimum, going to raise severe questions about the judgment of our leaders.

Congressman, do us a favor - step down from the Committee for a more suitable replacement.


I meant to include a note in the original post that pointed out that I do believe that the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) are a partisan organization, but the broader point was to point out that this is political reality of what we as a party face when we do things like this.


Well done is better than well said. —Benjamin Franklin

I did not attempt to use bad language - I simply cut and pasted the police report. But the fact that it raised your "ALERT" is exactly the point. Should this type of behavior from a leader in Congress be rewarded? I don't believe it should.


Dirk Diego, I doubt Calvert expected quite so much research into his history of operating procedures.

Well congressman, people may whizz on your leg and you think it's raining where you come from, but out here in "fly over country," we know better. You are a classic example of what is wrong with Washington D.C. You are the poster boy for what is wrong with the house. We republicans can not stand on firm ground and criticize the democrats as long as you, and those like you, are on the republican side of the asile.

I'm sure it's nothing personal. But the buck has to stop somewhere. Never have so many (besides, say, the UN) squandered so much for so little. We need a gigantic shakeup among the GOP Capitol Hill leadership -- at least as much in the Senate as in the House -- and those who pay closer attention to this than I do have decided this is that time.

I hope you believe me when I say it's not you. It's us. I'm sure you value the party, conservatism and America more highly than you do your job in Congress, so when you say "In conclusion, I'd like to thank Red State readers for their activism on behalf of conservative causes and for taking the time to read this post," I believe you.

Ron Coleman

I think Erick has a point, but I feel this could be handled a little bit better than giving democrats more talking points.

I apprecaite the Congressman being proactive and posting information here to help people make a personal decision.

Talk about things seeming to get from bad to worse. Ungh.

I, too, have mixed feelings on this one. I am usually at Redstate every day and I see some of the most awesome contributions by genuine Americans that I could ever hope to read - riveting, informative and inspiring stuff...and none of it seems to get past the pages of this blog, but no, today Redstate makes it to Drudge for this issue. :shrug AND a sigh:

Well I'm not really through with the Republican Leadership but I am very upset. It's like when your girlfriend cheats on you and you tell her you're finished but you're really not. I just want them to not elect people of questionable character to leadership positions. Is that really so much to ask???

You think maybe we should get rid of all the insanely corrupt democrats first? Then we can go after our own.

Are you really Nancy Pelosi?

Corrupt is corrupt. I don't care if they have an R or D behind their name. We wouldn't have any moral ground to stand on if we said that it we need to get rid of corrupt D's, but if you are a corrupt R is it alright.

I appreciate your ideological purity but politics ain't tiddly winks. It's a brutal sport and in the end winning is all that counts. After we win we can eat our own but not until then. No wonder we lost the last election

Actually, no - it isn't a sport.

And while I shouldn't take the time to engage you, I will. We did win, in 1994 - on being the party of reform, change and principle. And over 12 years, we drifted further and further away from that. Eventually, we excused unethical - and in some cases illegal - behavior. And we paid a price. We will never "win" this sport with people who have attitudes such as yours.

Grow up.


"No wonder we lost the last election"

One of the key issues that voters said influenced their vote in the 2006 election was corruption. Cleaning up the party and letting the American people know that this behaivor is unacceptable is necessary.

Um, I think the majority of us are against corruption, no matter what party it originates from.


While the Republican base is urging their elected officials to clean up their act after the Foley/DeLay/Ney debacles. Where is the Democratic base's call for any investigation of the massive contract influence that Sen. Feinstein of California employed in getting her husband's companies lucrative contracts? Deafening silence from that quarter. Or Pelosi's recent earmark sneak? Or Harry Reid's family firm operating out of his home lobbying for firms?
Taunted by a Liberal in Parliament that he was going to die "on the gallows or of a vicious social disease," Disraeli replied "That depends on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress."

I agree totally with this. But we all need to understand that when our leaders reward people with the record of Mr. Calvert - the ability to aggressively pursue the opposition is severely weakened.

To put it more simply, how are GOP leaders going to be able to have the highground to assail/quest the $25 million earmark that Pelosi sought to bring back to San Francisco when they empower folks like Mr. Calvert who are accused of doing the same thing?

Actions like this hurt everyone's credibility on our side.


Too much focus on "sending a message," not enough on substance.

Look, the idea that the only impediment to Republicans complaints about Democrat ethics being taken seriously by the MSM, etc. is Republican failure to clean up its own side of the street is just silly.

Understand what's going on where the "ethics wars" are concerned - PLEASE:

(1) "Ethics" rules are intended to keep bad people in line.

(2) Democrats aren't "bad people".

(3) Therefore, as far as the MSM is concerned, "ethics" rules don't apply to them.

Ethics rules exist de facto for one reason, and one reason only - to facilitate "gotcha" games against those disfavored in the political culture. In short, they're there to use against people who the dominant political / media culture don't like and/or whose downfall will advance their political agenda.

Now maybe Calvert deserves to be sunk, I don't know (though I have to say, anyone trusting the MSM to give you all the relevant facts, accurately & in context, is making a fool's bet).

But sinking Calvert isn't going to send any lasting "grand message" - there won't be so much as a ripple in the pond after he goes under.

and my willingness to support it is based on my belief that it is Republican leadership that needs to get a message. I agree with you otherwise; Democrats are definitionally "good people," so ethics laws and rules do not apply to them.

In Vino Veritas

...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right...

---Thomas Paine---

You listed:

In 2005, Calvert and a partner paid $550,000 for 4.3 acres of land. Calvert then used his earmarking powers to secure $8 million in funds for an interstate exchange on the property. He then sold the property for about $1 million.

Also in 2005, a business partner of Calvert's bought additional land that Calvert's earmarks benefited. When the property was sold, a firm financially connected to Calvert received a commission for the sale.

In 2006, Calvert engaged in other shady land deals. The list goes.

I won't even go in to his arrest for soliciting a prostitute.


Who's the real prostitute here? Sounds like Kenny Boy to me

This guy is what is wrong with government. We republicans have said we do not want this sort of government, at least, Newt said we didn't. Then as soon as they get power, this is the sort of government we get because of people like Calvert.

As long as we have people like him on the republican side, we can not with any credability critize the democrats for what they do.

The republicans just don't get it. We sent them a message in the last election. It went over their heads. I hate to say it, but we are going to have to send them another message and even if it goes over their heads, at least the nation will not be able to blame republicans for anything because they are not going to be the majority in anything.

There isn't a single republican candidate for president now that I will vote for. PERIOD! If they don't get off their butts and put some real conservatives who are not crooks up for a vote, they can kiss the next election cycle goodbye.

Regarding the recent headline found here:

You should add to the list these politicians attempting to strong-arm our president into "winning the war on terror" by "such-and-such a date".

Excuse me, but since when did we start considering war a McDonald's drive-thru experience that should be quick and scheduled?!?

Men like these who won't support our president and the war on terror are speeding our date with the next 9/11... They should here from us as well.

John Boehner and Roy Blunt should be recalled and Mike Pence and John Shadegg should be elected to the House Leadership! with any war, to end it you must go after the money.
find the ones funding your enemy and hit them hard enough to quit spending the money on their war..(in the case of terrorism, any means necessary.)

2.we need check list of things we expect from our guys and gals...they sign on or not..then we decide..

The GOP lost the Congress because they were spending our money like drunken Democrats. This Calvert guy does not belong on Appropriations. There are better choices out there.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"

drinks anything but single malt.
CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." -- James Madison

CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

Wonder what kind of spin will be put on it by MSM.

"Look! Even conservative blogs are abandoning Bush and Republicans!"

You need to resign! Plain and simple. You are part of the reason why Republicans lost both houses in 2006. Unless folks like you clean up your acts, Republicans stand to lose many more seats in 2008.

Who are the alternatives? It would be helpful to compare their records to Calvert's, which while overall was unimpressive did contain some conservative highlights and decent IG ratings.

In addition, perhaps you can advise how Jerry Lewis' insistence the seat be kept by a Californian influenced this decision and will impact any replacement?

All helpful information in carrying on a substantive conversation with the Congressional offices.

"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"
Contributor to The Minority Report

Boehner and Blunt and Hastert are a big part of the problem; calling them will only serve to have your comments fall on deaf ears. Did you see how Hastert went from normal-sized to grossly obese in a few years as Speaker, while at the same time leading an unprecedented looting of the Treasury? Not a coincidence that he looks like he's made of pork, he's his own picture of Dorian Gray.

Calvert should go, but sadly, that won't make much of a big difference in the problem. The problem is that corruption is so ingrained in the DC culture that it literally has been securitized. The bribery industry these days works like this: when Republicans are in control, the Democrat side lobbyists resell their contacts to the GOP, taking a commission on the transactions; and when the Democrats are in control, the reverse happens. This way the source of bribery (lobbyists and others of similar vocation) has an open line to the source of appropriations power regardless of who is in control at any given time, and the various operatives on either side mitigate the loss of power by getting a cut of the other side's corruption dollars.

Alas, there will not be any serious change in the situation until mobs of outraged citizens march on DC and hang a few of these guys from trees. But I still approve of every effort to head off the necessity of that end.

I'm willing to give Congressman Calvert the benefit of the doubt regarding the "conflict of interests" charge, and I'll even ignore the arrest as a personal mistake.

What I'm not willing to overlook is the fact that he is indeed part of the problem with the Republican party in having abandoned the "small government" canard. A porker like Calvert should not be allowed to serve on a committee that allows him greater access to taxpayer dollars.

If Congressman Calvert had the integrity to stay out of the earmark business and champion Republican principles instead of betraying them with pork-barrel spending that serves to help his re-election chances, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

If his district needs a new Interstate exchange, let California pay for it. If you can't get re-elected without bribing your constituents, perhaps you don't belong in Congress anyways.

Calvert is one of a laundry list of folks and their character (or lack there of), resulting in the Reps losing the House in 2006. While the media and the Dems scream it was over the Iraq War this contributor disputes this claim. Note the Joe "Got Thrown Under The Bus By My Own Party" Lieberman Connecticut campaign where the Dems endorsed anti War millionaire Ned Lamont. The Dems should have won this election and Lieberman was vindicated in fine form. Now if a notoriously liberal state such as Connecticut can't make the anti War statement who is left (excluding California and Oregon)?

The Reps gave the Dems the House and that in itself is bad enough. Personally I would like to see Denny Hastert go as well. His son's employment with a lobby group and his passiveness over the Foley scandal is enough proof. This is what happens when you stop being conservative and become closer with the Christian Right. There is nothing wrong with the Christian Right, I am a Christian, it's just when you do such action you allow yourself to be overly analyzed and reviewed by your opponents. And unless your closet is skeleton free it is an avenue best avoided.

Upon reviewing the 20 most corrupt members of Congress it is quite apparent that way too many hold the letter R next to their name. However with all due respect the list does hit worst Dems-Mollohan, Murtha, Waters and "Treasure Chest" Jefferson.

Jump to the other building-The Senate-you may as well strike down on Trent "Bad Joke At Thurmond's Birthday" Lott when Reps voted to put him as Minority Whip. While Lott may be capable for the role it is still the same old song and dance that caused them to lose the edge in 2006.

The only true remedy to cure this trend and the Reps failure to learn their lesson is term limits.

If you send an email (through a form as email address not listed on his website), you just need to indicate that your zip code is 45069 (OH) to fake out the form on the site. If you use a zip code other than one for his constituents in OH the form will error and indicate that feedback not accepted from outside his district.

Give 'em h*ll!


Use a lie to get a letter to Boehner to complain about dishonest Republicans.

Uh, I don't seem to get that approach.

Remember, the objective of reaching Mr Boehner is to express your disgust of his support for Mr Calvert. Mr Boehner of course has a priority of reviewing feedback from HIS constituents NOT Americans all over the place. However, he needs to hear from everyone and that is OUR right to reach him. If his website does not allow it, I am exercising my right and obligation to participate in government by contacting members of Congress. If you want to call this a lie you need to take a deep breath and relax...

Don't organize the mass abuse of resources, please. Don't abuse his constituents by misrepresenting yourself as one of them.

Run like Reagan!

No problem....just use his actual email address to contact him > > you'll still get some kinda form response from a staffer that says while "Mr. Boehner values feedback from all Americans, the volume of email he receives necessitates that he can only respond to those who reside in his district..."

Remember, at the end of the day, the POINT IS TO REACH HIM SO THAT HE GETS THE POINT.

Look at the list:

The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress--

Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN)
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA
Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA
Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)
Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL)
Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA
Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA)
Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO)
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA)
Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY)
Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA)

Three corrupt Dems and 17 corrupt Repubs. That's almost six times as many thieving Repubs as Dems. Sure, some of them are gone, but too many are left. We need a big broom to sweep this scum out of Washington, or the only job a Repub is going to be able to get is dog catcher...

A unsuported statement that 20 members of Congress are corrupt requires more than an assertion of guilt. It requires evidence. From my own knowledge, some of those listed can be accused of corrupt behavior or practices but I do not have sufficient information about all twenty to determine whether or not all of them are corrupt as claimed.

Forgive me, but I am very troubled by the continual supporting references in this thread. This is especially true for CREW's "20 Most Corrupt. Notice the following on CREW;
-Director worked for Conyers and Schumer
-Deputy Director worked for Media Matters, funded largely by Soros
- Oddly almost all their FEC complaints are against Republicans like Hunter and Martinez

I also do not have time to go into their ranking methodology, but it appears very subjective. My guess is they are chortling at this whole incident.

Overall, I have no stomach for corruption and ethical lapses which are at the center of our countries disdain for government. However, when supportive points come from organizations and print media known to be largely unfriendly to our cause it leads to larger questions.

I realize the lapse with a prostitute provides fodder for Democrats and buttresses the a case against his nomination. However, in the spritit of Christian forgiveness, I am willing to give a divorced man a pass and count it as very poor judgment.

Frankly, I spent time reviewing the Congressman’s votes and record. That has lead me to ask more questions about whether he is appropriate for this role. Less so are the other points, especially real estate transactions in which he had a pre government expertise and seem to have largely been debunked.

Overall, I believe the point taken away by Mr. Boehner should be this; leadership positions will receive an inordinate amount of scrutiny. Those who lead should be the epitome of leadership; people that are unquestioned in terms of their personal qualities, ethics and ability to achieve an agenda. Realizing you can not appease all groups, leadership should at least be proactive in addressing any potential concerns with constituencies. This action with Mr. Calvert is proof that these tactical process should be followed; ignore them at great peril to the party and cause.

As a “grassroots” conservative group, we should also realize that charges and accusations will always be lobbed at our leaders. We should be willing to support them on the basis of facts and sagaciously verifiable data. However, if they have proven themselves to be unworthy of serving in a leadership position and unable to meet the highest standards, they should never be nominated, supported or protected.

"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"
Contributor to The Minority Report

After the budgets we got out of these guys from 2001-2006, I'd say there's more than enough evidence that they are unworthy of leadership positions, or any position for that matter.

- wants my "small government" party back.

the reason we've got this current squabble over funding the military in Iraq is because the former Majority Leader couldn't manage to get a supplemental to the floor last year when it should have been voted on.

CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

ramming through all those Courts of Appeals nominees.

Oh wait...

Erick -

Have you thought about gathering signatures for your Declaration? A lot of us in the conservative blogosphere would love to sign on. Kudos to you for your courage. I'm mad too.

Erick has become my favorite political pundit in his efforts to hold them accountable and keep them honest. Erick, keep up the good job.

I think that we can really unite as a party behind this effort to clean out the corruption from our party.

Here's another start:

Look back over the past 6 years. If a Member of Congress put an earmark on behalf of Jack Abramoff's clients into any House bill, they need to retire. If a Member of Congress is under investigation by the FBI they need to step aside until there name is clear and then they can run to take back their seat.

At times like this, I am reminded of Phil Gramm who when he switched parties from a Democrat to a Republican, he resigned from Congress as a Democrat and ran for his seat again as a Republican. Man, that's leadership.

The House Republicans are bankrupt of leadership right now.

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