The Most Ethical Place in Rhode Island
Mark my words, this will go down as one of the all-time-great quotations to come out of the General Assembly:
“I’ve been here a year and a half now,” said freshman Rep. Scott Pollard, D-Foster. “There aren’t any corrupt people in the building … you smile, but I know them and you don’t, OK?”
Well, that settles it then. Clearly, far from seeking to make outright bribery illegal, at the State House, we should hand them even more stringless money and power!
On a mores serious note, I see reason for concern in this:
No vote was taken Tuesday on the fix-it legislation crafted by the citizens advocacy group Common Cause that Fox introduced on Feb. 4. Asked why he did not seek a vote, Fox said, through a spokesman: “I want to make sure that the language is correct before we ask voters to consider a Constitutional amendment. I want to review the testimony that will be offered tonight, both pro and con, and make sure we get it right.”
Perhaps I need to tune my cynical ear, a bit, but what I hear in that statement is: “We want to wait and see if there’s some way out of this that gives us credit for considering ethics legislation but makes the whole issue go away without its being anybody’s fault.”