We've all seen the wall-to-wall Bundgaard coverage. I believe that the legislature should be pretty aggressive about policing the behavior of its own members and should hold them to a high standard. The Bundgaard case wouldn't have even gone forward but for the courageous vote of Senator Steve Yarbrough who deserves cudos for being the deciding vote to initiate the hearing.
Senator Shapira was out of town for the vote and when I read the story that said Shapira wasn't coming back...I said to myself...that's not the last time you are going to hear those words.
But profiles in courage and examples of lameness aside, I have a question about the ethics process: If the Senate--and the media--have decided to invtestigate Bundgaard why has the House and the media ingored State Representative Daniel Patterson? Patternson's wife alleges drug use and verbal abuse and it's widely known that Patterson doesn't live in his district.
Here's some info on the court case.
“His basic behavior would be he’d come home, smoke marijuana, watch TV, and be on the phone all at the same time,” Schaffer testified when asked about Patterson’s interactions with their daughter. “She’d be completely ignored.”
Steve Yarbrough and Ron Gould were willing to step up and hold Bundgaard accountable, so where is the comparable courage on the Democratic side?