Posted by | January 6, 2011 18:05 | Filed under: Top Stories

Two Republican congressmen, Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania (right) and Pete Sessions of Texas (left), were not sworn in properly because during the swearing-in ceremony they were at a fund-raiser in the Capitol, itself a violation of rules.

The pair watched the swearing-in on television from the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised.

“That wasn’t planned. It just worked out that way,” said Fitzpatrick at the time, according to local press on hand, which noted that he “happened to be introducing Texas Congressman Pete Sessions while glad-handing his supporters in the Capitol Visitor Center that he secured for them when the House swearing in began.”

House ethics rules forbid fundraising in the Capitol.

Raising your hands while watching a swearing-in on a video monitor does not enable you to be a sworn member of Congress.

There is no provision in the Constitution for a remote swearing-in by television. On Thursday, Fitzpatrick was one of the members who read the Constitution from the dais

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By: Alan

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