Friday, January 23, 2015

Resign or Divest...My Two Cents in Behning's Ethics Dilemma

"Can I interest you in our
lobbying services?"
Sit down.  If you haven't heard this story, you're going to need to be sitting to read it.

Tom Lobianco of the Indy Star reported earlier this week that the most powerful Republican on education matters in the Indiana House, Bob Behning, decided it would be a good idea to form an education lobbying firm, Berkshire Education Strategies, this past summer and sign up one of Indiana's biggest testing vendors as one of his clients.

Just makes you want to scream, doesn't it?

Don't worry.  Behning doesn't plan to lobby in state.  He'll only apparently represent clients that Indiana also deals with as vendors in out of state contracts.  

Nope, this is actually a story in the Indy Star, and it's not from the Onion.  You know, there are times that you just allow a story to stand on its own and don't have to say much.  It just seems like, in this case, it's kind of like this cartoon, doesn't it?


I think this one's easy.  No matter what the House Ethics Committee says, Behning should either immediately divest himself from Berkshire Education Strategies OR should immediately resign from the legislature.

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