U.S. House Republicans effectively decided to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics in a secret vote late last night.

And… then the same House members reversed course today after a flood of negative feedback from their constituents.

The Ohio Democratic Party attempted to find out which of Ohio’s 12 Republican (all white dude) representatives voted for the initial roll-back of the ethics rules.

The answers from each rep’s office were, not surprisingly, kind of vague. And also kind of telling.

Here’s the play-by-play from Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper:

 

Today, we called each GOP Ohio Member of the US House and asked their office where they had stood on the closed door ethics vote. Some interesting patterns emerge.

Feel free to make the same call tomorrow and let us know what they tell you…

 

Rep. Steve Chabot, 202-225-2216

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee proposal also known as the Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “Voting was closed so I am not sure how the Congressman voted, but I do know that he was not in support of the Goodlatte amendment”

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, 202-225-3164

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I have not gotten a chance to speak with the Congressman.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, 202-225-2676

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I have not spoken to him about that yet”

ODP: “So you have no way of telling me how the Congressman voted?”

A: “I have not spoken to him about that yet”

Rep. Robert Latta, 202-225-6405

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: *hung up*

No answer for second call

Rep. Bill Johnson, 202-225-5705

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “He opposed it and did not vote in favor of the proposal”

Rep. Bob Gibbs, 202-225-6265

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I am not aware”

ODP: “Will his voting be released in a statement or made available to the public?”

A: “I am not aware but you can feel free to leave the Congressman a message.”

ODP: “I would like to let him know that I was interested in which way he voted.”

Rep. Warren Davidson, 202-225-6205

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “They will not be continuing the gutting of the Ethics committee”

Rep. Michael Turner, 202-225-6465

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I am not even sure if the Congressman was at the voting.”

Rep. Patrick Tiberi, 202-225-5355

ODP: Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?

A: “Congressman Tiberi voted against last nights proposal”

Rep. David Joyce 202-225-5731

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “He voted against the proposal and you will be happy to know that they decided to pull the amendment from the House floor Rules Package voting.”

Rep. Steve Stivers, 202-225-2015

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “I have not actually spoken to the Congressman but I would like to let you know that this proposal will not even be included in the Rules Package that will be voted on today.”

Rep. James Renacci, 202-225-3876

ODP: “Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how the Congressman voted last night concerning the Ethics Committee Goodlatte amendment?”

A: “That particular piece was taken out of the Rules Package that the House will be voting on today”

ODP: “I understand that it wont be present in the Rules Package that will be voted on today but concerning last nights vote, with just the majority, is there a way to know how Congressman Renacci voted?”

A: “I have not spoken to the Congressman directly.”

 
  • dman

    I called Renacci’s office today (Jan 4th). Person said it was a closed vote and refused to tell me how Renacci voted.

    Oh I am so going to hate the next 4 years.

  • Art_Richardson

    So in other words they ALL voted for it

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