Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Romo West gets a Time Out

Peggy Romo West is the First Vice Chair of the Milwaukee County Board.  That's the second honcho of the board.  One would think that a serious legislator would be aware of campaign laws, especially one who aspires to more responsibility.

But this is not the case with the geographically challenged supervisor.

Romo West was convicted of "minor" ethics violations for wearing a campaign T-Shirt in a county vehicle during a Labor Day Parade and also using social media for campaign purposes while on county time.
I wonder what makes this minor?  Where are the Walkergate fanatics who trashed county employees for campaigning on county time?

Their absence in this matter of what's good for the goose should be good for the gander is glaring.

A simple trip the to County Ethic Boards web presence tells us the following,
Examples of prohibited conduct include:
  • Wearing a button endorsing a candidate, party or position while you are at work.
  • Wearing a t-shirt endorsing a candidate, party or position while you are at work.
A purpose of the Ethics Board is to "assure the confidence of the general public in the integrity of Milwaukee County government."   Is giving an elected official a time out for blatantly breaking the conduct code a way of assuring confidence in the County government?  I don't think so. 

There is no question that Supervisor Romo West committed the ethics violations.  What is disgusting is that she got off with nothing more then a stern talking to.  Romo West should have at least been fined for the t-shirt violation in the pictures above.

I wonder where DA John Chisholm is on this issue. According to press accounts the evidence was presented to him also.  For an office who pursued Republicans for their misconduct his decision to so far ignore this blatant offense seems to add to the argument of his office playing politics.

How about the GAB?  They fined Representative Fred Kessler for a press release he sent out on state letterhead yet have remained quiet on this issue.

It's difficult to argue you are non-partisan when you choose to ignore the blatant violations of city, county and state ethics basics.

It's also difficult to persuade people you are serious about reform when you refuse to act on cases right in front of your eyes.  Madam Chairwoman Dimitrijevic, what say you? 

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