Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Congressional Investigation of Noe?

From the Toledo Blade:

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur yesterday demanded answers about what happened behind the scenes that led to Tom Noe’s federal appointment to a U.S. Mint advisory committee.

Miss Kaptur, reacting to a Sunday story in The Blade detailing Mr. Noe’s activity in Washington, said she expects the Treasury Department’s inspector general to determine:

• Whether Mr. Noe’s tenure on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee had any financial impact on his private rare-coin business. The committee advises the Treasury secretary on themes and designs for coins and congressional gold medals.

• Which officials advocated for Mr. Noe’s selection to the committee and his eventual chairmanship, and if rules were changed to allow his ascension to chairman.

• How Mr. Noe was called to testify before a House Financial Services Committee in support of plans for 24-karat gold coins.

Miss Kaptur said she plans to consult with Democratic leaders in Washington this week about whether a congressional investigation into Mr. Noe and his role at the U.S. Mint is necessary.

Given that the current U.S. Congress has shown as much interest in investigating either itself, its majority members, or the Bush administration as they have in giving themselves a colonscopy with a barbed-wire fencepost, Ms. Kaptur’s request will probably go nowhere. After all, It’s Okay If You’re A Republican.