Quit Stalling Russell! Give Us The Names!
Itâ€™s hard to understand how the Senate President can talk out of one side of his mouth about preserving the integrity of the Senate and out of the other side refusing to identify the Senators who are complicit in the $6.9 million in stolen funds identified in the most recent Legislative audit – unless they say’s it’s okay.
After months of dodging the issue, now that itâ€™s long past time for the â€śvoluntary reconciliationâ€ť for those Senators who misused the funds; after several promises that â€śat the appropriate timeâ€ť and â€śafter the Senators have had a chance to address questions about their expensesâ€ť â€“ now we hear that the only way the names of those Senators implicated in the theft will be released is if they give their permission.
So exactly how would that conversation go?
â€śGood morning Senator X.â€ť Russell would say. â€śYou know they people they are clamoring to know who spent this $6.9 million of their money and Iâ€™ve run out of excuses not to tell them â€“ but I donâ€™t want to release your name unless itâ€™s all right with you.â€ť
Our money says we wonâ€™t know any more after those conversations than we do right now.
The fact is, disclosure shouldnâ€™t be optional. This should have been made public when the audit was released and not after months of vacillation about who did it and what actions were being taken.
But the attitude toward disclosure has been discouraged throughout this administration, and particularly during the past few weeks when everyone from the Governor and Attorney General, through those implicated in this lingering audit issue, have faced the public demands about coming clean.
Remember what Senator Louis Hill had to say last week to those who called for a recall of the Governor and the disclosure of the names of those Senators named in the audit that Russell refuses to identify.Â
Well itâ€™s difficult not to draw that conclusion, when public evidence confirms that criminal activity has taken place and, by all appearances, is being covered up.
We invite Sen. Russell to take the action that Hill (sarcastically we think) threw out during that session â€“ call his bluff and clear the air.Â
Russell, youâ€™ve got the evidence. Now come out and tell the people what it is.