Monday, June 06, 2005

The Sorry Spectacle

When small-town Republican drones start invoking Adam Clayton Powell as their defense, it's time to wonder which side of the looking glass we're on...

Because of a previous committment (and a non-refundable airline ticket), I was unable to make the Chandler expulsion vote last Wednesday. Let me go on record as saying that I supported the effort to remove Chandler from office.

Gene Chandler clearly and unequivocally violated the public trust. The unreported "corn roast" funds he accepted from lobbyists and trade associations are tantamount to bribes, nothing more and nothing less. When a public official puts the welfare of connected interests ahead of the public good, it's bad enough; when he does so in an effort to enrich himself financially, it's even worse.

Frankly, I don't care how nice a guy Chandler is; I don't care how long he has "served" the people of Carroll County; I do care about the integrity of our legislative process. Allowing Chandler to remain in office shows that the NH House is a fundamenally silly and unserious body that lacks an appropriate respect for public integrity and the rule of law.

Oh, and that standing ovation? Pathetic. That's the sort of out-of-touch idiocy that should cost the apologists for corruption at the ballot box next year.