In October, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and 31 Republican co-sponsors offered a resolution praising Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe for their “investigation in the fraudulent and illegal practices and misuse of taxpayer dollars” by ACORN. In light of O’Keefe’s arrest for allegedly attempting to wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) office in New Orleans, ThinkProgress contacted Olson’s office for comment and received a statement that further praised O’Keefe’s ACORN work, but also offered mild criticism of the allegations:
Individuals who lawfully expose wrongful activities by an entity like ACORN receiving federal tax dollars should be praised. However, if recent events conclude that any laws were broken in the incident in Senator Landrieu’s office — that is not something I condone. Citizens have an important role in helping to expose waste and/or fraud when their tax dollars are being spent, but it must be done in a lawful manner.
Dave Weigel notes that Olson’s office refused to tell him whether the congressman would be withdrawing his resolution.