From: The Jackson Sun
By: Paul C Barton
WASHINGTON – Rep. Ed Whitfield released a redacted document Tuesday showing how the complaint filed against him with the House Ethics Committee appeared to involve major players in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, despite denials from some of them.
But at least one of those individuals continued to deny his involvement.
Whitfield, R-Ky., is the lead sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would strengthen federal protections for walking horses against soring, the abuse of the animals’ lower legs and hooves in order to make them recoil in pain and achieve a higher-stepping gait in competitions. Often it involves the use of caustic chemicals and special chains on their legs or special pads applied to the hooves.
On Monday, Whitfield held a conference call with reporters, disclosing an ethics complaint had been filed against him that focused on allegations that his wife, Connie Harriman Whitfield, improperly lobbied him on the legislation.