Ethics Committee Investigation

Congresswoman Seizmore Leads an Ethics
Committee Attack on Sugarbaker

It's no secret that Congresswoman Seizmore has been unhappy with the conduct of Representative Sugarbaker since the day she took office, but recently she launched a full-scale investigation into the Congresswoman's activities.

The Ethics Committee's suspicions were initially raised when Sugarbaker tried to sell her brother's homemade ceramic spoon rests at the House Gift Shop. Though Sugarbaker claimed the profits were to be donated to her brother's school, Seizmore and several committee members didn't buy it.

Since that time, Sugarbaker's activities have been under scrutiny, and although sources indicate that Seizmore's attack on the Congresswoman is personal, some members of the committee have been concerned that Sugarbaker may be taking bribe gifts from lobbyists.

"So I accepted two free tickets for me and my brother to sit in Jack Kent Cook's sky box. I'm sorry, but what's the point of being in Congress if I can't even get two free tickets to a football game?"

Comments such as those only serve to enflame Seizmore, who finds Representative Sugarbaker to be completely unqualified with big hair, politically incorrect behavior, and beauty pageant references. Finally bowing to pressure from Seizmore, the Ethics Committee decided to have all of the Congresswoman's records subpoenaed -- including a personal diary.

The diary itself has become a huge point of concern. First, Sugarbaker's unwillingness to produce it, and then it's sudden disappearance, may bring serious charges against the Congresswoman.

Shortly thereafter, the diary turned up in the hands of talk-show host Regis Philbin -- substantiating Sugarbaker's story of having lost it, but not exonerating her completely because the Ethics Committee still can't track it down.

A source inside Sugarbaker's own office has leaked out the possibility that visiting friend Anthony Bouvier, an attorney from Atlanta, was asked to dispose of the diary for her. "It was a last ditch effort," says the source. "At one point, I think she would have eaten it."

The real question is; what was Sugarbaker trying so desperately to conceal in the diary?

Seizmore, of course, thinks that the diary has information that could send Sugarbaker away, but sources close to the Congresswoman have other suspicions.

"The Congresswoman has nothing to hide," admits Administrative Assistant Natalie Hollingsworth. "All of this subterfuge over the diary boils down to one simple thing in the diary that she'd rather go to prison than reveal."

And what could possibly be that critical to Sugarbaker?

"Simple," says Hollingsworth. "Her weight is in it."