All of a sudden, the Senate needs an ethics committee

Less than two weeks ago, Seven Days‘ Paul Heintz revealed that Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell had gotten a job with the Windsor County State’s Attorney under what can only be called questionable circumstances.

Last year, Campbell actively lobbied for the job on behalf of the SA, who happens to be a neighbor of his. After the job went through, Campbell inquired about it, and was hired without any search process.

In the story, Heintz raised the issue of creating a Senate Ethics Committee, which currently does not exist. Campbell, sounding a lot like Bill Sorrell attesting to Bill Sorrell’s innocence:

“We really haven’t talked about it,” Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell (D-Windsor) said earlier this year. “I can’t remember the last time there was something that even came close to a question of someone’s ethics.”

Well, you can file that one in the Ron Ziegler Memorial “Inoperative” File. What’s changed?

Good Ol’ Norm, that’s what.

The latest on the Norm McAllister shitshow is that one of his accusers worked for him as an “intern” at the Statehouse. She alleges that he repeatedly assaulted her at his Montpelier pied-a-terre.

And now, per VTDigger, Campbell has done a 180 on the question of an ethics panel.

Campbell… said in light of the allegations in the McAllister case, he will work with the Senate and others to establish an ethics commission and institute new rules requiring that all interns register with the pro tem’s office.

I guess all it took to change Campbell’s mind was the possibility that one of his colleagues is a raving out-of-control sex criminal. Yeah, that’s a bit of an ethics problem. But we shouldn’t let this go by without noting Campbell’s sudden conversion on the subject.

Oh, here’s another suggestion for Campbell — and House Speaker Shap Smith, for that matter.

Make sure the Statehouse pages weren’t victimized by Good Ol’ Norm. Just sayin’.

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One thought on “All of a sudden, the Senate needs an ethics committee

  1. CC

    What a coincidence that it’s only an ethics violation worthy of being looked into when it doesn’t involve political patronage….

    Reply

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