According to a report in the Florida Times-Union – Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns allegedly tried to convince a primary challenger to drop out of the race with a $25,000 bribe and a job offer. That primary challenger – James Jett – confirmed that he’s turned the matter over to the FBI for an investigation.
Stearns isn’t the only Republicans with dirty hands though – more than 10 other Republican Members of Congress have ethics complaints and investigations against them – including the only member of congress with allegations of a criminal past - the second richest man in Congress – Darryl Issa. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor famously lied back in 2010 that his party would have a zero-tolerance policy toward ethics violations. Of course, Cantor also lied that Republicans would pass job-creating legislation.
Why does the Republican party attract crooks and liars?