March 9th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP TV ad questions Democrat's ethics

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" In a new TV ad, the RNC blames House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for recent ethical problems dogging congressional Democrats."]Washington (CNN) - In a new television commercial set to begin airing Wednesday in the nation's capital, the Republican National Committee blames House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, for recent ethical problems dogging congressional Democrats.

The RNC ad - titled "Pelosi's Failure" - highlights Rep. Eric Massa's sudden resignation from Congress following allegations that he sexually harassed a male staff member and Rep. Charles Rangel's decision to relinquish the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee as he battles his own ethical issues.

National Republicans are hoping to seize the mantle of honest governing from Congressional Democrats, who took back control of the House and Senate in the 2006 midterm elections largely on their promise to clean up the "culture of corruption" on Capitol Hill.

"The most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history," Pelosi is seen and heard saying in the opening of the commercial, which goes on to highlight Rangel's and Massa's problems.

The TV ad closes with a narrator saying, "Pelosi's wrong. It's time to change Washington."

An RNC spokesman said the ad would run on cable television stations in the Washington, DC media market. While the size of the ad buy was not disclosed it is expected to be in the "low five figures."

That's not a large purchase, but it is enough for Republican's to try and make their point.

Filed under: Nancy Pelosi • RNC
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I believe that the Republicans can't really talk. They have enough of their own issues. Abrahamoff is one that covers the White House andh Congress. If the Republicans were so into change and being ethical, then why did they start the K Street project where only Republicans could be lobbists?

    March 9, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. MP in VA

    THIS is supposed to appeal to swing voters? Since when did the Republicans EVER have the moral high ground when it comes to ethics? Please. How about an ad telling the public what they've actually done to clean up Washington–oh, I know the answer: NOT A THING!

    March 9, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Jay

    Oh, this is simply stupid. Is the RNC really trying to claim the ethical and moral high ground - really? Where have these clueless bozos been for the last several years? They write an internal strategy memo, that gets leaked, which clearly shows that they are willing to lick the bottom of the ethical barrel to use fear-mongering and racial caricuture in an attempt to win votes, and then immediately distance themselves from the moral failings of their GOP colleagues who get caught 'hiking the Applachian Trail" or trolling for gay sex in airports, or having sex with their aides' wives. RNC/GOP - Hypocrites, all.

    March 9, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. The_Mick

    I believe that the ethics of both parties, in taking huge bribes from special interests, would justify long prison sentences for many of them if the the Congress was governed by fair laws.

    But Massa's being forced to leave Congress by the Dems, or so he says, and Rangel has had his chairmanship revoked.

    What is unethical about that? I guess the obvious special interest pandering by the Dems is something the GOP doesn't want to draw attention to because of it's own bad odor in that regard.

    March 9, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. No Offsetting Penalties ....

    We need only look at how Tom Delay, Senator Vitter, Senator Ensign or Govenor Sanford behaved to see that the GOP is the more severaly lacking party when it comes to ethics.

    The Democrats have had their problems but it sure seems to me that they get their transgressors out of office or at least having them step down from leadership positions.

    March 9, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Conner Hall

    The American political arena is a circus and a joke.

    March 9, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Peejay

    Two words for Republicans: Glass houses.

    March 9, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. MsDp

    Wow, the GOP really think the American Citizens are STUPID. Oh, but wait, this is how they played us for EIGHT YEARS, no wonder, to them we, the American Citizens are STUPID! So this must be the reason the GOPers continue to say anything and expect the American Citizens to bite and chew it up as valid truth! Well, I am tired of these hypocrites and I will be so happy when the American Citizens show the GOP that we are NOT STUPID any more and we are tired of the phony lies! NO MORE GOP, NO MORE. It's over for all of you republicians. You may continue to fool your party, but you will not fool the rest of America again and you will discover this during the election. Just keep up the lies, and keep voting NO with out any regards for the American people! GOPers You have been warned, and your time is up!

    March 9, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. ED FL

    Pelosi and Ried have destroyed the election that gave the demos control the house, senate and White house.These two long time usless politicians have ruined any chance for the Dems to hold onto any government power in the next two elections. The country will return to the party of crooks and the wealthy who will once again take us to war and bankruptcy.

    March 9, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Blue

    No one is as gteedy and evil as the republicans.

    March 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. roger

    How can they question someting they know nothing about?The R's wouldn't know ethics if it had teeth and was hanging from their butt.

    March 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Matt

    Yes, I'm sure the Republicans are more ethical then the Democrats(sarcasm).

    March 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    The swamp will never be fully drained until Pelosi is no longer a member of the House. However neither party will ever be free of ethics issues becasue both parties are made up of human beings who are flawed, regardless of whether they call themselves Democrats or Republicans. But, if the majority party appears to be overly corrupt and not willing to police it's self, voters will always factor that into elections when they consider whether to leave the majority party in power or restore the minority party back into power.

    March 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. bearced

    It is time to change Washington, but Republicans have proven to be as corrupt and loose with our money as the Democrats. It is time for a serious 3rd party, perhaps a right leaning moderate party, Or just start a grass roots effort to make it easier for independant candidates to get on the balot!

    March 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. JA/TN

    when it comes to ethics, both parties are more like twins , but in recent years the GOP has the lower end, it has been the GOP's goal to derail President Obama's term at any cost

    March 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Oh man...this is rich!

    After we endured the Republican House of Representatives of the last decade giving us the likes of Tom DeLay, David Vitter, Ted Stevens, and Larry Craig...the Republicans certainly have a lot of nerve throwing the ethics issue around.

    Keep in mind that, according to Wash Park Prophet blogspot, 10% of Republican Senators and 4% of Republican Members of Congress are currently under criminal or ethics do the math!

    March 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Barbara Independent in NY

    Either of these parties questioning the ethics of the other is absurd. Rangel is not alone. Remember Ensign, remember Vitter, remember "man on dog" Santorum who now wants to run for president. The list goes on and on. Both parties need to shut up and clean up their acts.

    March 9, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Dismayed

    As my old mother used to say, this is a perfect example of the "pot calling the kettle black." Pathetic.

    March 9, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Pat Bailey

    This is more Republican hypocracy. Need we list their adulterers, pedophiliacs, homophiliacs; David Vitter, Mark Foley, John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Larry Craig, Jim Kolbe and I am sure I am forgetting a few. One thing is sure, at least they are being judged by a jury of their peers.

    March 9, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Kevin B

    Being no fan of Mrs Pelosi, I would never trust republicans in type of leadership position in the whitehouse or congress.

    The GOP has become down right creepy............

    March 9, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. BlackMANinterested..........

    WHAT A fake–JOKE, GOP'ers "worried about ETHICS" right, do they not remember they have been VOID of ethics since 1803. Someone please tell these LOOSERS they have never had ethics................

    March 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Steph

    From the party of Foley, Ensign, Sanford, what's the name of that anti-gay politician in California who was just busted for DUI at 2am with a male companion in his car, seriously????

    March 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Party of Hey Whatever

    A horrified and remorseful America will drain the DC swamp of most Democrats come November. You can depend on it.

    March 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Someone posted asking how's that hopey changey thing going? If you live in the Fox lies bubble, you are probably unaware that the market is up almost 2500 points in one year, durable goods orders are up, we are winding down in Iraq, I received a tax cut in April 2009, health reform will soon pass, we are focusing on those responsible for 9-11, and we no longer torture.

    The answer is "excellent!" and Obama will be reelected in 2012. It sure beats being a republican who is always afraid.

    March 9, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
1 2