I am John D. Dingell, the longest-serving congressman in history. Ask me whatever you want!

Through mostly rhetoric you've established yourself over the years as one of the leading advocates of campaign finance reform. Yet, you also have one of the clearest conflicts of interests in congress.

Your wife as a member of the General Motors board of directors made you both a fortune as her company benefited quite clearly from the policies you advocated for decades, as you lead efforts to limit auto emision standards, and prevent basic safety provisions such as mandatory seatbelts and airbags.

How do you square this? Do you not see it as perhaps an even greater source of corruption if members of congress and other elected figures, or their immediate family members, are able to personally benefit and grow their wealth through their connections in government.


During the late 1980's, as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, you conducted what many now believe to be one of the worst examples of a political witch hunt in congressional history, with your own motivation being no more than self-promotion. You and your aids created the appearance of widespread fraud in the scientific community, destroying the careers of many of the top American scientists of the time, over what are now quite clearly seen by most experts as minor errors, having to do with mistakes such as typos in their reports. How do you think this should effect your legacy?


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