Friday, August 25, 2006

Ethics Board gets its dander up

This might be the toughest thing the State Ethics Board has ever said, in an exchange reported in the WisPolitics Report to subscribers:

It is logic-defying, incumbent-protecting decisions like this that have led many, including myself, to call for the dissolution of the Ethics Board and the creation of a new entity to monitor elections and elected officials.

-- Republican candidate for attorney general J.B. Van Hollen, after the Ethics Board unanimously cleared AG Peg Lautenschlager of wrongdoing in the TAP Pharmaceuticals lawsuit settlement. She had given a $50,000 from the settlement to Wisconsin Citizen Action.

It is disturbing that a candidate for attorney general, in order to jockey for a political advantage, would want a government agency to ignore the facts and misapply the law.

-- The Ethics Board’s response to Van Hollen.


At 12:34 PM, Blogger boblaughalott said...

Why is the ethics board participating in a political debate? It should rule and move on, leaving the spin to others.


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