By way of BREITBART comes the story of Harry Reid accepting free ringside tickets from the Nevada Athletic Commission to three professional boxing matches while that state agency was trying to influence him on federal regulation of boxing.
Reid, D-Nev., took the free seats for Las Vegas fights between 2003 and 2005 as he was pressing legislation to increase government oversight of the sport, including the creation of a federal boxing commission that Nevada's agency feared might usurp its authority.
In defending the indefensible, Harry said his position would not have been influenced and this was a fact finding misssion.
Yet, the Senate ethics manual states, "Senators and Senate staff should be wary of accepting any gift where it appears that the gift is motivated by a desire to reward, influence, or elicit favorable official action."
"I'm not Goodie two shoes. I just feel these events are nothing I did wrong," Reid said.
The problem, Harry, is you need to be a "Goodie two shoes." It is this total lack of integrity and inability to see why, when you're in public office, you need to take the higher road that shows how little character our politicians have. You must not give the appearance of unethical conduct thereby saving yourself from even the perception of prejudice and unfairness.
The article goes on to name senators John McCain and John Ensign as conducting themselves so much better than Harry. McCain paid for his tickets and Ensign had recused himself for another conflict of interest.