Mikulski favored for seat on Senate ethics panel

January 26, 1993|By Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski has emerged as a likely candidate for the Senate ethics committee, a panel under fire for its reluctance to hold senators accountable for ethical violations, congressional officials said yesterday.

Ethics committee staff members and a representative of Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell refused to comment, but other sources said the appointment of the Maryland Democrat could come as early as today. A spokesman for Ms. Mikulski said she would accept a seat on the panel, if it is offered.

The appointment would come at a politically sensitive time for the committee, which has no women members. The panel recently launched a preliminary investigation into sexual harassment charges against Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon. Last November, Ms. Mikulski became the first senator to call for an ethics committee probe into Mr. Packwood's conduct.

"They should be dealt with seriously and promptly through the ethics committee's procedure," she said of the allegations against Mr. Packwood.

The other likely addition to the committee is Connecticut Democrat Joseph I. Lieberman.

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