Email #31, Subject: ethics?

I was dumbfounded when I learned yesterday that you personally backed a move to alter the Congressional Ethics Office. I read that you pushed this measure against Speaker Ryan’s recommendation. And then even Donald Trump said it was a bad idea. Obviously it’s a bad idea. You want to take a non-partisan office that investigates corruption and move it into the partisan office of whichever political party is in power—which is of course is the GOP. Even at the level of PR, it was a bad idea. Undermining on office that has the world “Ethics” in it? When you wrote to me and when you write in your website column, you keep saying you believe in bipartisanism. And yet here you are trying to take something that is currently bipartisan and turn it partisan along a purely partisan vote. Honestly, I don’t know what to say. I want to believe that you’re a good person trying to do good things. And then I read something like this.

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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