CREW just asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) for his role in the growing scandal surrounding the dismissal of David Iglesias, the U.S. Attorney from New Mexico.
Sen. Domenici has now admitted that he called Mr. Iglesias, stating “I asked Mr. Iglesias if he could tell me what was going on in that investigation and give me an idea of what time frame we were looking at.”
In a discussion of Senate Rule 43, the Senate Ethics Manual states that “[t]he general advice of the Ethics Committee concerning pending court actions is that Senate offices should refrain from intervening in such legal actions . . . until the matter has reached a resolution in the courts.”
Pete Domenici, February 2013 (both parties' complete statements at that Livewire link):
More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside my marriage. The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she. I have been concerned about the burden of privacy on the son Adam Laxalt.
Michelle Laxalt, the mother of Domenici's child:
I come from a political family and learned early in life the value of privacy. I vowed that I would make personal decisions based not on politics, but on my values. This self-pledge was tested when one night's mistake led to pregnancy more than 30 years ago. I chose to go through with that pregnancy, although other choices were available. I also chose to raise my child as a single parent. Given the fact that both my father and the father of my child were United States senators, I felt strongly that I would make this choice according to my values, and would not seek advice, input or permission. [...]
Recently information has come to me that this sacred situation might be twisted, re-written out of whole cloth, and shopped to press outlets large and small in a vicious attempt to smear, hurt and diminish Pete Domenici, an honorable man...
- Pete Domenici is not "an honorable man." His ethics are questionable, to say the least.
- People make mistakes, Democrats and Republicans. That is true and it is also not the issue, and I'm sick of those on the right offering up a false equivalence every time a Republican cheating on his wife makes headlines. The issue? See #3.
- Republicans claim to be the party of "family values," yet they continue to expose their own hypocrisy. Their party's double standards don't seem to faze them, and they rarely waste an opportunity to point fingers at Democrats who did not run on a "family values" platform. It's the hypocrisy, stupid.
- Domenici's lover emphasized her freedom to choose various options to deal with her situation. She "chose to go through with that pregnancy, although other choices were available." Fine. That worked for her, but it doesn't work for every woman. (Domenici has a long record of being anti-choice.)
- Family values my ass.