Barry Rubin has made it clear that he is freaked-out by the thought of Lou Ann Linehan, Senator Chuck Hagel’s Chief of Staff, coming in to run the Nebraska GOP for the month of August.
Rubin and the boys put out a release Friday morning, threatening to turn Linehan into the Senate Ethics Committee, because they claimed it was unethical for a staffer to take a “Leave of Absence”. By cherry-picking words from the Ethics manual Barry wrote, “Ms. Linehan is in clear violation of Senate Ethics Rules.” He goes on to quote the manual, saying, “the Senate does not recognize a ‘leave of absence.’”
Well, we here at Leavenworth Street are here to provide a service. And that includes providing to Maryland’s own Barry Rubin, as a matter of courtesy, the rest of the paragraph:
With respect to the question of leave time to perform outside employment (including campaign work, and regardless of compensation), it is the Committee’s understanding that the Senate does not recognize a “leave of absence”. The Committee has ruled that it is proper for a Senator to either reduce the salary or remove the employee from the Senate payroll when the employee intends to spend additional time on outside activities, over and above accrued leave time or vacation time (see I.R. 194). However, in order to receive any level of Senate salary, pay should be commensurate with actual duties performed for the Senate. An employee may be terminated from the Senate (without) pay and return at a later date. (Emphasis added.)
So! It IS legal to leave your job in Congress and go work on a campaign, or at the convention, or where ever, as long as the Senate’s not paying you. How about that? So Barry and the boys were just wasting our time all along. Who’d a thunk?
And just for the record: Dr. Seuss ads; Parade Hecklers; Bogus press releases. That’s what you get when a Kennedy-bred pol, like Barry Rubin, comes into Nebraska.
We’ll wait patiently for the Omaha World Herald’s editorial on this…