If U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D.-Mich., isn’t a walking conflict of interest, there needs to be a new definition of the phrase.
He is the chairman of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, while his wife, Debbie, reins as a senior executive at General Motors and a member of the family that founded the company. How can John be tough and fair to the auto industry when he sleeps next to a person that will be the most affected?
President-elect Barack Obama is asking for a bailout of the auto industry, something that The New York Times columnist David Brooks calls “A Bailout to Nowhere.” To no surprise, Dingell supports the muti-billion bailout.
U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is now rightfully challenging Dingell’s chairmanship. Waxman is an environmental advocate who believes the auto industry needs reform, not free money after, in part, bad business decisions.
Dingell will become the longest serving member of Congress in February, and if “change” has supposedly come to Washington, then it must not stop at the presidency.