Yes to a special session in Virginia

August 9, 2013

Ethics reform is rarely, if ever, an issue voters put at the top of their list of “things that must be done.”

It should be. And that’s why, despite the opinions of others whom I respect, I believe Ken Cuccinelli’s call for a special legislative session to address ethics reform is not only the right call, it’s the only call.

In an op-ed on Bearing Drift, Cuccinelli sketched the broad outlines of the kind of ethics reform he would like to see. We can quibble over the details, but his instincts are right on target. So, too, is his assessment of the opposition to his special session idea:

I did not expect my colleagues in Richmond to jump for joy when I called on the governor to call a special session. Likewise, I predicted Terry McAuliffe, now the subject of two federal investigations, would dismiss my proposal as a gimmick — which he promptly did. But now is the time for people to come forward and be part of the solution. If my opponent doesn’t want to be part of it, that’s his prerogative.

To say that the reception has been lukewarm is being charitable. Gov. Robert F.  McDonnell does not want a special session. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling doesn’t either. House Republican leaders, and most rank-and-file members, prefer to take up the issue during January’s regular session.

And Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe did, indeed, call the idea “a gimmick.”

So it would seem a special session to clean up Richmond’s ethical swamp is going nowhere.

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]

Norman Leahy blogs at Bearing Drift. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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