Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep. Rodney Tom

Press release just issued by the King County Republican Party in response to a complaint filed yesterday in Olympia.

Bellevue – King County Republican Party Chairman Michael Young released the
following statement today:

Yesterday a complaint was filed with the Legislative Ethics Board in
Olympia alleging that Rep. Rodney Tom requested and accepted per diem
compensation on days when he was not in Olympia and missed a total of 94 votes,
one of the worst attendance records in the Legislature. Rep. Tom’s terrible
voting record is bad enough, but intentionally skipping days of work while
taking additional compensation, which is intended to be a reimbursement for
meals and lodging expenses while working, constitutes a serious breach of the
public trust and should be thoroughly investigated.

I love it, taking per diem when you aren't at work... Oh, but the press will probably spin it like this: Oh, he was a Republican then (even though he was voting like a Democrat), so it's clearly the Republican Party's fault for not policing him.