December 1, 2006
Lead by example? C'mon!
New York Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer is nuts! The NYT reports he is proposing campaign finance and ethics reform and will live by them whether or not the legislature passes the reforms.
"We are doing that because we believe it is important to set a tone, to send a message and to lead by example." Whoa Nelly! He won't take contributions from corporate subs, will not accept more than $10,000 when $50,000 is the limit; won't accept contributions from people in his administration, and on it goes.
Wow. Are you listening Governor Doyle?. Propose ethics reform, Clean Elections, and agree to live by the proposals even if the naughty Assembly Republicans refuse to pass either or both. Lead by example. And, one of my favorites: Accept no contributions from any entity doing business with the state.
I asked Gaylord Nelson how he would clean up the system. He said, "Democrats should put down the tin cup and accept no contributions. They will lose for one or two elections and then sweep all future elections." Eliot Spitzer must be listening.
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