February 03, 2007

Udall's "Anti-Corruption" Legislation Just An Election Ploy

It would be believable as legitimate legislation had Rep. Mark Udall (D-People's Republic of Boulder) introduced the bill outside the context of a potential run against an opponent specifically targeted by the bill's intent:
Rep. Mark Udall fired a warning shot in the 2008 U.S. Senate race on Thursday by co-sponsoring "anti-corruption" legislation that reminds people of a past controversy surrounding one of his potential Republican rivals, former congressman Scott McInnis.

Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, agreed to co-sponsor a bill by Rep. Phil English, R-Pa., to prohibit candidates or their immediate family members from drawing salaries from campaign committees for campaign-related work.

McInnis drew media scrutiny and complaints from Democrats in 2004 and 2005 over the tens of thousands of dollars his campaign has paid his wife, Lori, to work as campaign manager — including after he announced he would leave Congress to become a lobbyist.
Proposing legislation to prohibit something because of the inherent potential for abuse is one thing; introducing bills with the intention of discrediting a potential opponent is pure politics. Is this what we're to expect from Udall in the Senate?

Cross posted at Political Avalanche


Blogger Simmons said...

There's too much politics in politics.

Sat Feb 03, 10:41:00 AM  

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