Breaking with the leadership of his own party, Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens on Monday called out the state Senate for defeating a key ethics proposal.
Greitens said the decision by the Senate, which is dominated by Republicans, to reject a cooling off period for lawmakers who want to become lobbyists “is just another example of how out of touch the political insiders and politicians in Jefferson City are.”
He also said the move, taken last week, “represents the worst in our government.”
The Senate opted for a provision that requires lawmakers only to finish their term before becoming a lobbyist.
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Earlier in the session, the House had passed a one-year cooling off period. The proposal was seen by some as a critical piece of ethics legislation because the temptation to vote along with certain special interests in a bid to land a well-paid lobbying position is such an enormous temptation.
In a statement, Greitens said this:
“Our government is broken. Gutting the ethics bill is just another example of how out of touch the political insiders and politicians in Jefferson City are.
“I’ve said from day one that we need strong ethics legislation to clean up our government. Turning around Missouri begins by restoring the people's trust in government, not by padding politicians pockets and claiming corruption doesn’t exist.
“Voting against common sense ethics legislation misses taking a step in the right direction and, sadly, represents the worst in our government. It is worth mentioning that 12 Republican senators did the right thing and voted in favor of the cooling off period. I commend them for their leadership.”
No response yet from Senate leaders.