- 03 мая 2012, 15:08
- POLITICO. TOP 10 Blogs
Democratic committee leaders in both chambers of Congress are calling for the resignation of a National Labor Relations Board member accused of leaking information to a former Mitt Romney campaign advisor.
“The public’s faith in this agency and its fair administration of the law matters,” California Rep. George Miller wrote in a Wednesday letter to Republican board member Terence Flynn. “Your continued presence at the Board rattles that faith and potentially infringes upon the due process rights of those with business before the Board. For the sake of the Board as an institution, you should resign.” Miller is the ranking member of the House Education and Workforce Committee. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has also called for Flynn to resign.
In a report released Wednesday, NLRB Inspector General David Berry said Flynn violated ethical standards by leaking draft reports and memos to Peter Schaumber, a former board member who once advised the Romney campaign on labor issues. Flynn also helped Schaumber write an op-ed bashing a board decision that favored labor unions. The report argues Flynn’s denial of wrongdoing “strikes at the very heart of the board and all but eviscerates the due process procedures the board has established.”
The leaks began in October 2010, when Flynn was serving as the board’s chief counsel, and continued for a year. The last e-mail cited in the report has Schaumber asking Flynn for his personal e-mail address. President Barack Obama appointed Flynn to the five-member board during the January recess.