An open position on the prestigious Senate Ethics Committee appears to be the job that nobody wants and nine Republicans have made that perfectly clear.
Current chair Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia is set to step down next month and there are currently no takers for the position for the top job on such a high profile committee with one Republican saying that he’d rather ‘have a root canal’ than take the spot and others offering up other comments and excuses.
One would think that there would be a line of Republicans eager to head up the committee charged with investigating violations of the law and Senate code of conduct given that with so many blatantly corrupt Democrats that it would be a target-rich environment so it is more than a bit puzzling why nobody wants it.
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) November 30, 2019
A prime chairmanship is poised to come open in the Senate next year. The problem? No GOP senators seem to want it.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is set to retire in approximately a month, creating an opening atop the Senate Ethics Committee, a behind-the-scenes panel responsible for enforcing standards of behavior for senators and their staffs and investigating potential violations of federal law or the Senate’s rules.
Isakson, who has chaired the committee for nearly five years, told The Hill that he doesn’t know who his successor will be but encouraged his colleagues to accept the chairmanship if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asks them.
“It’s an honor to do it, and if asked, they ought to,” he said.
However, McConnell may be facing a tall task in getting a replacement of Isakson according to the responses for the nine senators according to The Hill.
Sen. James Inhofe: “Are you kidding? Are you kidding? I’d rather have a root canal.”
Sen. Roy Blunt: “Nooooo”
Sen. Chuck Grassley: “Absolutely not. Absolutely not”
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: “Uh, I’m going to say probably not”
Sen. Richard Shelby: “Oh no, no, no, but I’m sure that the leadership will put somebody in there that’s solid, good, substantive person”
Sen. John Cornyn who previously served said that “I think I’ll give somebody else the opportunity”
The Hill also quotes Sen. Pat Roberts who groused that he’s been on the “damn committee” for years and that “Everybody else gets on and gets off, and they won’t let me get off.”
Isakson admitted that while it was an “honor” to serve as chairman that it’s a bit sticky to have to hold peers accountable.
“Well, sometimes you’re asked to do things you’d rather not have to do because you’re dealing with your colleagues”
Senators Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Crapo also declined according to The Hill.
With the Senate likely to be tied up for months after they are handed the impeachment hot potato by the Soviet zombies in the House there will be little time to tend to ethics investigations or anything else for that matter.
It’s not an easy job to police the swamp but someone has to do it.