Sunday, May 07, 2006

Richardson Leads the Way on Ethics Reform

While the U.S. House of Representatives just passed its weak lobbying reform bill that contained no real reform, Governor Richardson is leading the way in New Mexico. Richardson, who had his own significant ethics and campaign finance reform package largely ignored by the New Mexico State Legislature, issued an executive order last week that calls for a task force on ethics reform to study the issues of governmental ethics and campaign finance reform, and develop policy recommendations for the 2007 legislative session.

Richardson easily could have taken his ball and gone home like a petulant child after the legislature ignored his ethics reform package, but instead he's keeping the issue on the front-burner. If legislators vote down Richardson's reforms or take no action, he wins because through his legislation he shows that the People are the only special interest.

Who do you want for President, someone who is bought and paid for by Big Business or someone whose only interest is your best interest? The answer is simple: Richardson in 2008.

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