Now that the election’s safely won, they’ve stopped rubbing themselves over the Foley e-mails and turned their attention to more important matters. Like urging an immediate redeployment of Grandpa Simpson back to the House rank and file:

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) questioned soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) commitment to eradicating corruption with her endorsement of one of the most unethical members in Congress, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), to be Majority Leader of the House of Representatives…

“Future House Speaker Pelosi’s endorsement of Rep. Murtha, one of the most unethical members of Congress, shows that she may have prioritized ethics reform merely to win votes with no real commitment to changing the culture of corruption,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. “How can Americans believe that the Democrats will return integrity to the House when future Speaker Pelosi has endorsed an ethically-challenged member for a leadership position? Rep. Murtha is the wrong choice for this job.”

Not only is Rep. Murtha beset by ethics issues, The New York Times reported on October 2, 2006 that he has consistently opposed ethics and earmark reform. Sloan continued, “Rep. Murtha’s opposition to ethics reform does not bode well for future Speaker Pelosi’s promise to enact ethics legislation in the first 100 hours of the new Congress.”

Twice for emphasis.

He earned a dishonorable mention on their list of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress, but that was when he was the ranking Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Wait until he’s the chair. Santa won’t need to check that list of campaign contributors twice to know that everyone’s been nice.

No word yet from CREW on Dirty Harry’s latest real-estate seminar, “How to Increase the Value of Your Property Fiftyfold.”