WASHINGTON — House Republicans, beating the Democrats to the punch, called today for an Ethics Committee investigation of one of their own: Ohio Rep. Donald E. Lukens, convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
The House Republican Conference, the organization of all GOP House members, took the action in a closed-door meeting at the behest of its top leadership, according to a statement issued by Minority Leader Robert H. Michel (R-Ill.).
Such a request virtually ensures that the ethics panel will open a formal investigation of Lukens, who was convicted May 30 in Ohio of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. He is appealing.
Michel said the move "reflects our total commitment to standards of behavior for members of Congress which reflect honorably on the institution and the nation. House Republicans will not accept anything less."