Sunday, July 19, 2009

Where is Bill Richardson on the "Denish Plan"?

When Lt. Governor Diane Denish introduced her plan to bring transparency and accountability to state government, she indicated that she intended to give the plan to Governor Bill Richardson, who is the only person with the authority to put it on "the call" for the upcoming special session, or at a later regular session.

I've been chatting with a few cynics; some about Denish in particular, some about the prospects of actual, meaningful reform in general.

The reform cynics argue that there is no way that Richardson is going to begin any ethics reform which will expose the corruption in which he is involved, up to his eyeballs.

The Denish cynics argue that she knows full well that Richardson is never going to put real ethics reform on "the call" for any legislative session, and that her laying her reform plan in his lap, is just her way of pretending to want reform, knowing that her bluff will never be called.

In fact, Richardson has had more than enough time to express his support for the Denish plan, and so far, has not even acknowledged its existence.

The Republicans could of course, call her bluff, by one upping her plan with one of their own.

... but have not.

photos Mark Bralley

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