REPUBLICAN SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER
HAS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT ETHICS

Republican Insiders Claimed Boehner Had a "Zero Tolerance" Policy for Ethics and Legal Violations
"Yet GOP insiders also said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a 'zero tolerance' policy for lawmakers found to have violated ethical or legal standards." [Politico, 1/27/12]

Boehner Advocated Transparency in House Ethics Investigations
"The House ethics committee is shadowed in secrecy, and very little information about investigations is made public. This lack of transparency has allowed the committee to hide behind a smokescreen of uncertainty. House Republicans want to bring more transparency to Congress, and the ethics process is an important place to start," wrote Boehner. [Politico, Op-Ed, 2/27/08]

Boehner Claimed House Republicans Will Hold Themselves to the Highest Ethical Standard
"In the two years ahead, House Republicans will demonstrate our commitment to reform by holding ourselves to the highest possible ethical standard," wrote John Boehner [Politico, 12/8/08]

Boehner: The American People Have a Right to Expect the Highest Ethical Standards from Elected Officials
"The American people have every right to expect the highest standards of ethical conduct from their elected leaders. This is a sad day for the House of Representatives, and a reminder of the work we have ahead of us to repair the shattered bonds of trust between the people and their government. Moving forward, it is critical that the Ethics Committee resolve these issues fairly and expeditiously on behalf of the members, this institution, and, most importantly, the American people." [Boehner's Statement, 12/2/10]

Boehner Claimed Republicans Were Making Government More Accountable
"Republicans are offering better solutions to get people working again and make government more accessible and accountable to the people it serves." [Boehner Statement, 8/22/10]

Boehner Claimed Rebuilding Trust with the Public Was Among His Highest Priorities
"I made it clear that rebuilding the bonds of trust between Congress and the American people would be among my very highest priorities. Simply put, Americans have every right to expect the highest ethical standards from the men and women sent here to represent them," wrote Boehner. [Politico, Op-Ed, 2/27/08]

Boehner's Spokesman Said the Speaker Will Continue to Deal Swiftly With Ethical Transgressions
Cory Fritz, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner said that his boss "expects our members to be held to the highest ethical standards and will continue to deal swiftly with transgressions as they are found." [New York Times, 2/28/12]