GOP Rep. McCaul Abuses Government Resources, Fails at Fist Bump

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Texas Republican Congressman Michael McCaul is really good at abusing government resources and really bad at giving fist bumps.

Last Friday, McCaul posted an unlisted video titled “00001” on his official congressional YouTube account, which links to his House website. The video features McCaul hosting a “DC by Southwest” event. McCaul stands on stage fondling a Shiner while praising country singer Jack Ingram, also on stage, for his recent success. He then hops on a guitar and strums along to a couple of songs with Ingram.

That's it. The video has absolutely no governmental, or even political content. Why did McCaul post this video on his government account?

This is a clear abuse of government resources. If anything, this video is the hokey content a politician would put on his or her campaign account. It has no place on McCaul's official congressional account, alongside videos of McCaul on the House floor. McCaul has a long history of ethics violations – like engaging in insider trading before voting against it, using taxpayer dollars for a donor event, and receiving inappropriate confidential information in his capacity as a congressman.

McCaul also made himself look like a fool by missing a fist bump with Ingram – three times.

Here's the epic fist bump fail, and below the jump, “00001” itself. The government resource abuse and the fist bump both need resolution.



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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

1 Comment

  1. Now I understand . . .
    why I'm always feeling such a strong “Love You” vibe from that guy who doesn't even bother to pretend that he represents me in the U.S. House.

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