UPDATED: Profiting from Ethics, the Chafee Way!
UPDATE: According to WPRO, Governor Chafee has decided to remove the Amazon link to his book from his official RI Governor’s website. Awaiting news on when the Chafee Administration initiates and internal ethics investigation.
UPDATE II: Ooooooh. Of course!!!! BLAME THE INTERN!
ORIGINAL: Hat tip to WPRO’s Dan Yorke (and one of his unnamed listeners).
We’ve been told, ad naseum, how ethical the Chafee governorship will be. Heck, his RI Governor website has a category for ethics, all on its own. There we’re told:
We have an ethical crisis in Rhode Island. Each day we hear about corruption, cronyism and pay-to-play schemes that let insiders secure state business and provide no-bid jobs to friends and family. This is wrong and must stop. There is a direct connection between Rhode Island’s unacceptable economic condition and the disappointing reality that some of our public officials betray the public trust.
As your Governor, I will demand the highest standards for ethical behavior in my administration.
I will attack the ‘soft corruption’ that, over the long term, is as corrosive as illegal conduct. I will insist that every state employee ask themselves not only if a decision is legal, but if it is ethical, as well. I will tolerate nothing but the highest standard of behavior from every state employee.
During the transition period, I required every member of my staff to sign a “Transition Code of Ethics” to ensure that the formation of the new Governor’s office was guided solely by the best interest of the public. As Governor, I will issue a strong executive order on ethics to send a clear message that on my watch corruption, cronyism, and unethical behavior will not be tolerated in state government.
By the way, you can buy Governor Chafee’s book Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President straight from the taxpayer funded, state website! Just click on the link and head on over to Amazon and it can be yours! But wait, there’s more! Go on over to Mrs. Chafee’s page and you’ll find another link to Amazon where you can buy the book The American Way to Change by Shirley Sagawa, which features the new First Lady as one of ’25 Models of Promise’.