Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Well, Republican Rep. David Cook is in trouble again. First, an extreme DUI in December 2018 (along with making menacing comments to law enforcement officers), and now an inappropriate relationship with a lobbyist.
The U.S. Senate has the "Senate Code of Official Conduct.” The U.S. House of Representatives has its “House Ethics Manual” (456 pages!). There is a Code of Conduct for U.S. judges, and yet the Arizona Legislature cannot seem to adopt a similar policy. Despite promising to do so two years ago, our legislators are now instead proposing to make it even harder to file a complaint against one of their members by limiting it so that only House members can file a complaint against another House member!
Republicans have a long history of not holding their members accountable (we are witnessing this on a national scale right now), and many legislators (Cook, Stringer, Shooter, Lawrence, to name a few), have embarrassed themselves and their office by breaking laws and endorsing coverups, and by various other ethical violations.
Arizonans should demand that our legislators adopt and enforce a code of official conduct. Arizona voters expect and deserve transparency and accountability. One solid step in that direction is to elect Sharon Girard to the Arizona House of Representatives. Girard has high standards from her years of work in a profession that does have an ethical code of conduct: the medical profession. She will bring honor and transparency to the Arizona Legislature.