Foster on the Job

Bill Foster won the Special General on Saturday, got sworn in on Tuesday and later that same day broke what otherwise would have been a tie on an important ethics legislation vote:

The bill, pushed aggressively by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), creates an independent, outside panel to investigate ethics complaints against House members. The House approved it last night, 229-182, with most Democrats in favor and most Republicans opposed. That margin is deceptive: Before final passage, the bill first had to clear a much closer procedural vote, which gave House members a chance to kill the idea without, technically, voting against it.

The bill survived that test by a single vote, with Foster voting in favor.

Independent, outside investigations of naughty House members? Be still my heart.

New category starting today: IL-14. Because now that we’ve put him in office we have to see that he continues to meet our very high expectations.

p.s. How did ethics become a partisan issue?