Are Moms Demand Action and Tennessee state representative Larry Miller committing a government ethics breach, or just engaging in the “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” kind of politics that drives good government types up the wall?
SECTION 1. (a) In order to maintain the integrity and reputation of the House of Representatives, the following conduct is a violation of this Ethics Code:(1) Actions that destroy a representative’s independence of judgment as a legislator;(2) Actions that are an abuse of the representative’s official position, including, but not limited to, placing undue influence upon any state department, agency, court or governmental subdivision;
The newest evidence features more highlights of John Ford and Chris Newton. But it also features a chat between an undercover FBI agent and a bagman about money given to State Representative Larry Miller.Miller has long said he only took $1000, a legal campaign contribution. But he – along with a handful of others – is feeling the side effects of the Tennessee Waltz. They are collateral damage in a trial that promises to tank the public’s trust in elected officials.
After all, if a Republican endorsed by the NRA had offered an amendment specifically calling for an NRA representative to be on that very same board, not only would we have seen headlines screaming about the “gun lobby setting government policy,” Democrats (maybe even Rep. Miller himself) would have been crying for an ethics investigation. If this is just a case of Miller pandering to the anti-gun crowd, fine, but someone with more power and authority than us should be looking into this.