It can be tough for a reporter new to the Schmidt v. Krikorian story to understand all the twists and turns in the long and winding tale.
Yet this piece in today's Middletown Journal really captures everything very nicely, and adds the perspectives of a national expert on ethics to the mix. An especially nice touch was actually calling Ms. Schmidt to ask for her perspective. After all, we certainly want balance in reporting about these matters.
Well, rules are rules, and if you are Jean Schmidt, rules are meant to be completely and blithely ignored.
Thus, as she left Congress under the cloud of an ethical scandal over massive illegal contributions to her from the Turkish Coalition of America, it was curious that she decided again to refuse to come clean with her constituents as required by the law.
Our last entry (below) is entitled the "Final Insult," as we thought it would be, but today's Enquirer features yet another story of Jean Schmidt blithely and completely ignoring her obligations under the law, this time her failure to file a final personal financial disclosure form with the House clerk.
Read here as the COAST blog features the next insult of Jean Schmidt to the law, to the House Ethics Committee and to her constituents.
Today we obtained a copy of Jean Schmidt's final trust fund report for her period of service as a Congressman, her fourth quarter 2012 report. It showed, once again, that there were no contributions and no expenditures during this reporting period.
So much for her statement that "she always intended to pay" her legal fees. It all sounds pretty funny now.
Even as a former Congressman, Jean Schmidt still has an active legal expense fund. Should you want to coontribute, we are sure she would appreciate it.
The House Ethics Committee has issued its 2012 report entitled "Activities of the Committee on Ethics for the 112th Congress" and in there, gloriously, at pages 33-35 recounts: