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 assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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