Sen. Coburn threatened with censure
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has been threatened with censure by the Senate Ethics Committee for delivering babies for free:
Coburn has come under new pressure from the Ethics panel for delivering babies at the Muskogee Regional Medical Center, which changed from a public to a private institution in April last year after it was acquired by Capella Healthcare. … In May, Coburn received a strongly worded “final determination” memo threatening him with a Senate censure if he did not stop delivering babies for free.
Coburn notes that there appears to be no issue with Sen. Leahy being paid for his cameo in “The Dark Night” (a minimal sum he donates to charity), a profit-making enterprise, so there should be no problem with his delivering babies for free (actually at his own cost, since he still has to pay for malpractice insurance and the like).
What’s really going on, of course, is that Harry Reid is using this trumped up charge to pressure Coburn to remove the holds he’s placed on some 35 pork-barrel spending bills. I’m with McQ on this one:
With Feinstein’s husband cashing in on government business over which she had oversight and Dodd getting sweetheart mortgage loans, this is the ethics fight the committee picks?