– Cookie ethics: Congresswoman-elect asks if she’s still allowed to sell Girl Scout cookies
Now that she’s a Congresswoman-elect, Abigail Spanberger is in angst over Girl Scout cookie season. Spanberger is one of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop leaders.
As Spanberger (D-VA) prepares for her new job representing Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, she wonders if she has an ethical conflict of interest. “Can I go in the neighborhood and sell Girl Scout cookies or are people going to feel compelled to buy because I’m now their representative in Congress? I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Given the sex and financial scandals by Old White Men in Congress, it seems odd that a Female Congresswoman-elect would fret over selling Thin Mints. How refreshing.
Congressional Management Foundation President Bradford Fitch said, like any boss, members of Congress would need to be careful about selling cookies to their staff, but he didn’t see any ethical violations with them helping their daughters sell to constituents. They just can’t use their post to pressure people to buy cookies.
As more and more women become members of the House of Representatives and Senate, the type of ethics scandals will shift.
Recent Scandals with Rich Old White Guys serving in the U.S. House of Representatives:
U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and wife were indicted in federal court on dozens of charges, including wire fraud and using campaign funds for personal use.
U.S. Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) was arrested by the FBI and charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, seven counts of securities fraud, and lying to the FBI.
U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX) resigned in the wake of reports he used public funds to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit and had created an intensely hostile work environment for women in his congressional office.
US Representative Timothy F. Murphy (R-PA), the married, anti-abortion congressman resigned just before an investigation could begin concerning his allegedly urging his mistress to seek an abortion.
Of course, all of these Rich Old White Guys proclaimed their innocence and were victims of the Left Wing Which Hunt Conspiracy with the Liberal Media.
Sarkes connects Dots where most cannot even see the Dots, but even an Uneducated, Underemployed, Rural, White guy can spot this trend.