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Congressmen like Mark Sanford who sleep
in their offices? ´It´s almost nasty,´ critics say

Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Schuyler Kropf

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 3/7/2018 8:26:57 AM

Congressmen who sleep in their D.C. offices — including Republicans from South Carolina — are under fire once again from Democrats irked over where they put their heads at night. The bunking habit, they contend, is both an abuse of taxpayer funds and, as one Mississippi Democrat termed it, "almost nasty." A letter from more than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, is asking for an ethics review into the "legality and propriety" of members using their offices as overnight apartments. U.S. Reps. Mark Sanford, R-Mount Pleasant; Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg; and Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens, are


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Namma, 3/7/2018 8:37:58 AM     (No. 11564677)

No big deal. Those people only work two days out of the week. So they are only there one night. And look how much less traffic there is

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nimby, 3/7/2018 8:43:33 AM     (No. 11564684)

Where were these “sainted CBC” when one of their own was chasing skirts? The solution for this is for the Congressional members and senators remain in their districts and conduct their business via video conference.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: joew9, 3/7/2018 8:48:01 AM     (No. 11564690)

Having to maintain two residences - one in your home state and another in DC is ridiculous. The states should own the houses for their Senators and Congressmen.

For example: A state could own a condo complex complete with security control and meeting rooms. The state could run a limo service for their state reps.

That way it becomes more viable for the non-wealthy who would like to serve one term and then go back to their previous job. Our leaders would be less embedded in DC and more connected with the needs of their state. When my company sends me out of town to do work for them they pay for where I stay.

And of course repeal the 17th amendment and have the Senators appointed by the state´s legislature as was the initial design. The end result of the 17th amendment was to give the MSM a large influence over who gets elected Senator.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chance_232, 3/7/2018 8:52:45 AM     (No. 11564693)

Yeah..... not seeing the problem here. How about ya´ll focus on real ethics violations....say....like paying out harassement settlements with tax dollars.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Felixcat, 3/7/2018 8:55:37 AM     (No. 11564696)

What´s "nasty" are the members of the CBC.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 3/7/2018 9:02:33 AM     (No. 11564707)

I don´t see the problem at all.

Pound sand.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/7/2018 9:04:32 AM     (No. 11564710)

Do these idiots really just sit around dreaming up useless Bull S to worry about? What a party they have there once elected to office. It´s like one huge continuous crazy "Girl´s Night Out" parade.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: HerbVA, 3/7/2018 9:07:49 AM     (No. 11564717)

The CBC citing ethics is funny enough to be on the Amos ´n´ Andy show.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 3/7/2018 9:10:06 AM     (No. 11564723)

"Beneath the dignity of the office"
That one made me chuckle.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 3/7/2018 9:14:59 AM     (No. 11564728)

It´s a good thing there´s not a SINGLE problem in this country that the CBC has to worry about. I guess their idol, okenyan, solved everything important.

I wonder what the Congressional White Caucus thinks about this?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 3/7/2018 9:36:56 AM     (No. 11564751)

It beats a ´power nap´ while working and not standing on the Congress floor for our Anthem, CBC.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: strike3, 3/7/2018 9:51:01 AM     (No. 11564760)

Would the CBC feel better if these congressmen just emulated Teddy Kennedy and slept in their chairs in the Senate? Then they could stay woke to drink and womanize all night long.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 3/7/2018 9:59:36 AM     (No. 11564775)

Sounds like a techie job at Google.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 3/7/2018 10:13:26 AM     (No. 11564795)

First of all - it would seem to be NONE OF THEIR DANG BEEZWAX. However - now I think it´s the first step to finagle something of yet another perk, like a DC housing allowance, because obviously, they shall claim, they don´t have enough to scrape by.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Ribald1, 3/7/2018 10:14:36 AM     (No. 11564797)

What is a person who can´t afford to stay in a 5 star hotel doing in Congress in the first place.
It is supposed to be a Democrat millionaires club.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Cor-Vet, 3/7/2018 10:17:48 AM     (No. 11564801)

What is the aggregate IQ of the CBC anyway, about 12? It´s embarrassing to think that so many stupid, out of touch morons are making the laws for this country!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 3/7/2018 10:29:23 AM     (No. 11564810)

OK, let´s criticize where Congresswoman Wigs Waters, for one, sleeps: a manision beyond her congressional salary in Hancock Park that is not even in her congressional district.

As for Sanford, I thought he slept on the Appalachian Trail.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Pros7767, 3/7/2018 10:29:34 AM     (No. 11564811)

Take one of the numerous vacant buildings in DC and convert it into a dorm, with a working kitchen and lounge downstairs. Communal bathroom. Women on one floor, men on the other. Problem solved.

They might even get more work done if they all have to live together.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/7/2018 10:39:52 AM     (No. 11564823)

An anagram of dormitory is "dirty room," and it might be argued that an office that is both worked in and lived in might be dirtier, at least before regular clean up, which is what all civilized people do anyway. There´s nothing wrong with a no frills lifestyle. Simplicity.

But why all the fuss? Rents as well as crime rates in the federal district are high, and congressmen neither make a great deal of money nor can afford extra security. A congressional office building would have to be one of the most secure places on the planet. No rent for a serving congressman. Then Uber to Reagan Airport for the commercial flight back home to South Carolina. I can see no reason to criticize Rep. Sanford. If that´s what he wants, who´s going to try to stop him?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: FleetUSA, 3/7/2018 11:03:08 AM     (No. 11564838)

I call it frugal and wise.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 3/7/2018 11:04:26 AM     (No. 11564840)

Perhaps the Democrats making such criticism know quite a bit more about nastiness than do their Republican counterparts.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: rochow, 3/7/2018 11:12:52 AM     (No. 11564849)

Of course it´s a problem for Dems. They never work much ever. Sleeping over in their offices makes R´s look a lot better than the dem dirt. The only ´work´ the dems ever do is trying to pass more bills that ask for ´mo´, mo´, mo´, mo´ money, mo´ free ´stuff´, mo´ anything!
Dems really are the dumbest street dirt ever!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bighambone, 3/7/2018 11:30:44 AM     (No. 11564856)

Why should the liberal and socialist Democrat congressional black caucus give a crap if Republican members of congress snooze the night away in their offices, as that is no skin of the teeth of congressional black caucus members. Nobody else cares, but then again the congressional black caucus may be able to make a political issue out of their "concern" to a percentage of their very low information voting constituencies.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: SALady, 3/7/2018 11:41:08 AM     (No. 11564868)

If these Congressmen aren´t breaking any laws or rules, then it´s none of these CBC idiot´s business!!!!!!

But the CBC is all Demon-RATs, and it just drives them crazy when they can´t control other people´s lives!!!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: judy, 3/7/2018 12:07:26 PM     (No. 11564888)

Oh ! Like Clyburn is sin free. ..talking about nasty!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 3/7/2018 1:05:19 PM     (No. 11564935)

"It´s almost nasty," How so? They have toilet facilities, can shower at the health club and likely eat all their meals out, only using their office for sleep. Certainly not as nasty as a president who had sex in his office on a regular basis.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: nuclearnavymom, 3/7/2018 3:54:24 PM     (No. 11565066)

For the love of pete, that´s all they got to complain about? That the Republicans are making the dems look bad...again?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: earlybird, 3/7/2018 3:59:21 PM     (No. 11565074)

Is this supposed to tell us that he’s not out on the Appalachian Trail any more?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: EQKimball, 3/8/2018 12:37:53 AM     (No. 11565364)

Are these the same Democrats who defended a certain president for having sex in his office?

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