Case in point: Montgomery County Commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Hoeffel, who has stepped one one ethics land mine after another in his return to county government.
From Gibbons' latest column:
Say it ain't so, Joe!Read the rest of Gibbons' column at The Doylestown Intelligencer Web site.
Montco Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel III, a self-styled reformer extraordinaire during his various campaigns for office, is now claiming he is living up to the "spirit" of a reform measure that he introduced during his first go-around as a commissioner although, perhaps, not to the "letter" of that reform measure.
Give me a break!
Either you are following the county regulation, which deals with the hiring of professionals, or you are not. Seems real simple to mortal me.
Even lamer is the claim that prior administrations ignored the regulation.
Remember when you were a kid and whined, "But everyone is doing it." Recall the answer you got from your parents? Thought so.
On the same issue, why did the county's so-called fiscal watchdog, Democratic Controller Diane Morgan, need a kick in the butt from Republican Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. to do her job in making sure the commissioners were following all laws when it comes to awarding professional service contracts?
Morgan said she did not know about the county regulation until Castor brought it to her attention.
Guess what, folks, it's her job to know and the job of her solicitor to advise her. You would think they could do a little homework before toting their county paychecks to the bank.