I don't like it when people I believed in and voted for break the law and get busted on ethics charges. It makes me even madder than when the "other side" does it because I feel betrayed. But I'm also a realist about human behavior and I know hubris is a powerful force. I understand how it happens. But this? To back off from the chance to publicly lead the charge for stronger ethics -- and possibly turn the tide of public opinion -- while also doing the right thing? I don't get it. It's unnecessarily stupid. The huge percentage of new NC voters who choose to go on the books as Unaffiliated would indicate a problem that needs addressing.
From Democracy NC's Link of the Day:
News stories and a blitz of editorials in the past week have called for tougher campaign finance and ethics laws in North Carolina. Make money laundering a felony, not a puny misdemeanor; change a law that hides violations by lobbyists; tackle secret spending by unions and corporations; adopt a raft of ethics reforms to undermine a pay-to-play culture. The News & Observer’s “going deeper” site features links to a series of memos reflecting the evolution of Governor Perdue’s recommendations for reform, dating back to December 2009. The General Assembly's "short session" begins Wednesday, but Democratic leaders in the state Senate remain resistant to many of these proposals and are reluctant to promote even better ones, including expanding the Voter-Owned Elections program to cover more offices. What’s their plan? It looks like the ostrich stance: Stick your head in the sand and hope the pending indictment of Mike Easley and voter disgust with special-interest politics will magically disappear in time for the November election. That position could yield a plunge in Democratic turnout and mass shift of Unaffiliiated voters to the Republicans.