A former staffer for Paul Ryan expressed support for the return of what he described as “old-fashioned, run-of-the-mill corruption” that comes with burying earmarks in congressional legislation.
George Callas, now managing director of government affairs and public policy at the firm Steptoe and Johnson, justified his opinion by claiming earmarks are necessary to reform the larger “legislative and governing process.”
“Earmarks also benefit a functional legislative and governing process. I’d be more than willing to accept a little old-fashioned, run-of-the-mill corruption if it meant reducing the macro-level dysfunction from which we now suffer,” George Callas wrote on Twitter.
The tweet was part of an online argument with Courtney Shadegg, daughter of former Rep. John Shadegg, whose former boss, the late Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, led congressional efforts to ban earmarks in 2007 and repeatedly warned people against “resurrecting pork-barrel politics.”
“The thing I think you’re saying here is we can do a little more legislation if we accept