3-30-11: Ethical Politics?
The General Assembly is moving toward approving a package of bills aimed at improving ethical behavior by elected officials in Prince George’s County. The previous county executive, Jack Johnson, and his wife Leslie were arrested last November after federal prosecutors caught them on tape allegedly discussing how to flush a $100,000 check from a developer down the toilet and hide almost $80,000 in her underwear. Last month, Jack Johnson was indicted on bribery and other charges.
All of which raises the question of whether ethics reforms can truly change the culture that generates such behavior.
This morning we talk with Robert Wechsler. He’s director of research for City Ethics, a non-profit think thank that focuses on local government ethics programs.