Political opportunism

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals More reporting by politicians means more transparency and, therefore, more accountability from leaders. So why not support a law that requires reporting from every official? That means every state public official, both appointed and elected, would be required to report who pays for their trips. Including state treasurers. This seems to be a clear example of Angelides’ political opportunism. His every action appears only calculated to gain political advantage rather than improving the political system or the lives of Californians. This would be the perfect opportunity for Angelides to prove us wrong by proposing a bill that would make every public official in Sacramento disclose the same information. As perhaps the most serious contender to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s winning a second term, state Treasurer Phil Angelides is wise to issue public policy challenges. And the longtime Democratic leader surely does so whenever he can, choosing to side with the governor’s detractors and criticizing the governor’s every move. For example, Angelides this week called upon Schwarzenegger to disclose all those who funded his recent trade mission to China. When he becomes governor, Angelides says, he will support legislation requiring that California’s governors from that point forward always disclose private contribution to any trips. Great idea, Phil. But why just governors? Why just travel? last_img read more