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House Ethics Panel Rebukes Whitfield on Animal Rights Bill

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Congressman Ed Whitfield

The House Ethics Committee says veteran Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky violated House rules by allowing his wife to lobby staff members on a bill he sponsored that was related to her work. 

The ethics panel rebuked Whitfield for his actions Thursday, but said they were unintentional.  

Whitfield, a Republican, is retiring this year after 11 terms. 

The ethics panel says Whitfield "failed to prohibit lobbying contacts" between his staff and his wife, Constance, a Humane Society lobbyist.

Constance Whitfield contacted staff on her husband's bill to ban a practice that manipulates walking horses to produce an exaggerated, high-stepping gait. Some animal welfare groups consider the practice, known as "soring," abusive.

Whitfield has said he did not need his wife to convince him to introduce or support the bill. 

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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