Vermont’s Most Sclerotic Deliberative Body has been taking its time with a proposal to set up a state Ethics Commission. Much more time than they took with legalizing marijuana, and probably longer than they’ll take with the frickin’ budget.
Why the slow play? Well, the Senate’s point person on ethics reform makes it abundantly clear.
Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham and chairwoman of the Government Operations Committee, said, “Because the press keeps saying that we’re the only state without an ethics commission and clearly we have something to hide … I don’t really believe that.”
Credit to the Associated Press’ Dave Gram for capturing that entry into the Quote of the Year competition.
Jeezum Crow. The Senator in charge of ethics reform doesn’t believe ethics reform is necessary. She blames the media for fomenting “a lack of faith in government officials.”
Methinks the good Senator has been in Montpelier too long. She’s been so deep in the system for so long, she’s lost all perspective.