"The so-called good government groups always want us to do an outside counsel," said committee Chairman Rep. Joel Hefley, R-Colo. "I have never supported doing an outside counsel.
"This is an internal police mechanism for the House of Representatives," Hefley said.
Let's say you get called for jury duty. It happens that the person on trial once gave you money. Would you expect to get picked for that jury?
You'd expect to be sent home, pronto, and for good reason.
Even if you, as an upright and fair-minded citizen, could put the financial tie completely out of your mind, how could those of us looking on, who can't get inside your head, be confident in your impartiality?
That's essentially the situation in Washington, where Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas stands accused of unethical fund-raising practices. Four of the five Republicans on the committee investigating him have received money from his political action committee.