Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Ron Ramsey, the chairman of the state Senate Ethics Committee, recently expressed doubt about a bumpercrop of ethics complaints filed against legislators in the wake of the Tennessee Waltz scandal. Hes questioned the need for the special ethics-session proposed by Governor Phil Bredesen and poo-pooed an independent commission to monitor and enforce campaign finance and lobbying laws. [In the fight against corruption] Im finding that, in theory, we may have all the teeth we need, Ramsey told the media.
The theoretical choppers may be hanging out on the nightstand in a glass full of Efferdent, but apparently, there are plenty of them. The chairman continued, saying, I think the talk about an independent commission is all well and good. At the same time, I think the buck needs to stop with elected officials, which is, of course, the whole problem. Chris Davis