Bell Curve The Law Talking Guy Raised by Republicans U.S. West
Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Friday, November 04, 2005

Openness Begins at Home

Today, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled unanimously that former Gov. Howard Dean acted legally in 2003 when he sealed 93 boxes of papers when he left office until 2013. Other VT governors had also sealed some of their records upon leaving office, but never for so long. Judicial Watch had sued for their release.

This is shameful. In a time when the Bush administration shrouds its lies with secrecy, the DNC Chairman should set an example of openness and transparency. Instead, Dean has surrendered to the temptation to avoid potential embarrassment by invoking executive privilege and hiding his paper trail. It does not matter that other politicians have done the same thing: Democrats should hold themselves to a higher standard, starting right now.

Release the papers, Gov. Dean! Surely you do more damage to your party and your reputation by concealing them than you avoid... right?


Anonymous said...

I am with you 100%. It is hypocrisy to decry it when Republicans do it but ignore it when Democrats do.

C'mon, Howard! Show us you're not afraid. 

// posted by Bell Curve

Anonymous said...

Yep! And what's more his political ambitions must surely be less now. He sealed these things when he was in a primary battle with John Kerry. He lost. Now he has no reason (and never had a justification) for such secrecy.

One wonders what it is he's hiding. The research I've seen suggests that Demcorats are more threatened by financial scandals and Republicans are more threatened by sex scandals. Dean probably has some "appearance of impropriety" hidden away in those papers. 

// posted by Raised By Republicans