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The House GOP: new boss, same old problem

February 06, 2006

Re "The GOP's New, Familiar Face," Feb. 3

So Ohio's John Boehner has been elected by the Republicans in the House of Representatives as their majority leader in order to gain distance from corruption charges?

Boehner is hardly a "fresh face" from the lobbyist scandals that have plagued the GOP this last year. In 1995, Boehner distributed checks from a tobacco industry group to congressional allies, moments before a vote on a key tobacco measure.

Bright light must continue to shine on such disgusting betrayals of the public trust. No money ought to be allowed into the Capitol at times when these representatives are supposed to be attending to the public's business, let alone in such a brash display of obvious quid pro quo.

MARCIA HANSCOM

Playa del Rey

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