Friday, May 22, 2009

Jim LiaBraaten's blatant hypocrisy.

Last month, the School Ethics Commission dismissed an ethics complaint filed by former WT BOE member and unsuccessful WMRHSD BOE candidate Jim LiaBraaten against former WMRHSD BOE member Jeff Emery. While the outcome of the case was predictable, so to is the silence from the hard right on a question they have used as a standard political "talking point" for more than 3 years, e.g., who should pay for BOE legal costs incurred in the defense of a dismissed complaint?

To answer this question we need not look an further than Mr. LiaBraaten's own actions when as a member of the BOE, he seconded and voted for a resolution requiring the BOE to send a letter to Ruth McCurdy requesting reimbursement for legal expenses incurred in defense of her ethics complaint against James Harmon, which was subsequently dismissed.

My point is not to rehash the arguments for or against these complaints, but to shine a bright light on the obvious double standard and clear hypocrisy of those who vigorously opposed Ms. McCurdy's action, yet now are silent in the wake of Mr. LiaBraaten's similar path.

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