Tilsley begins role as House SEC Chair with Nepotism, Iran Contra Hearings
For Immediate Release
Congressman Ron Tilsley (D-WA) has begun his role as chairman of the House Select Ethics Committee by presiding over two high profile hearings. The first hearing focused on the nepotism allegations between House Majority Leader Augustus King (D-CA) and the appointment of his brother Reginald to the chairmanship of the ASFAJ Committee. The second is the hearing investigating the Iran-Contra affair determining if any wrongdoing was made on the part of key players in the Reagan administration.
"The hearings have been tense, but we're asking questions, getting the best answers, and we're making progress on getting to the bottom of certain matters," said Tilsley. In the nepotism hearing, Tilsley spoke in support of the Kings, calling them highly qualified in their respected roles. "I've stressed to the committee that qualifications and competence should be qualifying factors as opposed to who's related to who. I do not believe that the House Majority Leader appointed his brother to a leadership position solely because of their relationship. I believe it was done because Reginald King was qualified and competent to hold a chairmanship in a committee where he was strong on the issues."
Meanwhile, Tilsley presides on the Iran-Contra hearing and is hoping to get answers of his own surrounding the affair. "I understand that this is based on our country's efforts to ward off Soviet-backed allies. Especially in Central America. But I want to know where Iran exactly played a role in this entire thing. Iran has been an enemy of ours for the last eight years."