Grounds for Expulsion?
Suppose I’m a member of the House of Representatives. One day, I stop showing up for work. When asked why, my spokesman says, “He’s sick.” When a month goes by and I’m still not at work, the question is asked, “Well, what’s wrong with him? When is he coming back?” My spokesman replies, ”No comment.” At what point would I be guilty of a dereliction of duty that justifies expulsion by a 2/3 majority of the House?
I ask because this is not far from the situation presented by Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois. Thoughts?
UPDATE: Josh Chafetz points out that the House has the power to compel absent members to attend proceedings (presumably by sending the Sergeant-of-Arms to go and drag someone into the chamber).