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Sparks Fly at Combative King Appointment Ethics Hearing

 

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House Majority Leader Augustus King (D-CA) is at the center of the controversy regarding the appointment of his brother.

 

Washington D.C. - The House Select Committee on Ethics has become the focus of the nation with simultaneous hearings regarding both the Iran-Contra Scandal and the King Appointment Controversy. As the Iran-Contra hearings continue to take shape, the King Appointment Controversy has taken a prominent role in the national spotlight. Sparks are flying as the hearing into the allegations of nepotism has brought out increasingly combative rhetoric from both sides of the aisle.

 

The decision by House Majority Leader Augustus King (D-CA) to appoint his brother Reginald King (D-CA) to head the House ASFAJ Committee. Much of the hearing has been centered on exchanges between Majority Leader King and Congressman Michael Marshall (R-NC). The major point of contention brought up by both Congressman Marshall and Congressman Anderson Kaine (R-IL) involve the criteria Majority Leader King utilized in his decision to appoint his brother to the committee chairmanship. Congressman Thomas Blackstone (D-MA) has sought to ask alternative questions to his Republican counterparts. Committee Chairman Ron Tilsley (D-WA) spoke in support of the King Brothers following the end of an exchange between Majority Leader King and Congressman Marshall. Majority Leader King has vehemently denied preferred treatment in his decision to appoint Congressman King.

 

The hearing has seen an uptick in viewership following what most pundits agree is a partisan shift in the tone of the hearing. Both House Majority Leader King and Congressman King have criticized what they described as "baseless" and a form of "character assassination" by members of the committee and the media. Liberal leaders like Reverend Jesse Jackson have come to the defense of the King Brothers in a statement where he described the King Appointment Controversy as a "political lynching."

 

The King Brothers have found themselves without much support outside of left-wing leadership however as polling indicates that a 54% majority of the public have a negative opinion of the King Brothers and their handling of questions from members of the committee as it currently stands. While the polling does not indicate that they believe the King Brothers engaged in nepotism, many Americans feel that the combative nature to the questioning by committee members was unnecessary. The King Brothers have a silver lining in the form of polling among Democrats that show over 80% stand behind them.

 

Interestingly, polling regarding the nature of the House Select Committee on Ethics has dropped from 73% at its inception to 65% as unfavorability has risen among left-wing Democrats, causing the overall support to drop. The Assistant Attorney General is expected to come before the committee shortly to give a legal perspective on the situation.

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