Is there a lesson to be learned from the defeat of William Jefferson, an incumbent indicted on bribery charges and found with $90,000 in cash in a freezer?
Sure: Don't get indicted, and don't get caught with $90,000 in cash in your freezer.
But Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) insists there's something more. In a memo to colleagues called "The Time is Cao," Boehner says that Anh "Joseph" Cao's win over Jefferson in a heavily Democratic district points the way out of the wilderness. The House GOP focus, he argues, ought to be ethics, ethics, ethics.
"The Future is Cao" reads the subject line of Boehner's memo. "As House Republicans look ahead to the next two years, the Cao victory is a symbol of what can be achieved when we think big, present a positive alternative, and work aggressively to earn the trust of the American people," offers Boehner.
After expressing his disappiontment in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for not stripping Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) of his Ways and Means Committee gavel for his ongoing ethical problems, Boehner writes that "[i]n the two years ahead, House Republicans will demonstrate our commitment to reform by holding ourselves to the highest possible ethical standard."
The memo after the jump...
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