MEZZ NEEDS TO GO - Abolish Unethical Ethics Commission

(07/13/2004)

Opinion and Comment: Dianne Weaver

Mezz needs to go, and go now.

The Charleston Gazette says House Education Chairman Jerry Mezzatesta sits like a spider inside a web of unethical activity, example upon example of why legislators should not be employed by government.

The West Virginia Legislature, which created the state Ethics Commission, only to gut it a year later, needs to be held accountable.

Mezzatesta's cover is the Ethics Commission, House Speaker Bob Kiss and other legislators and bureaucrats.

Another fine example of state politics at its worst.

The tales are legion about Mezzatesta, whose bombastic ego has inflicted intimidation upon those who question him, including state school officials who should rise above his wrath.

West Virginian's working poor devote more money to public education than 48 other states. They deserve better.

The $2 billion education budget attracts what has been politely called the "ethically challenged," otherwise known as political weasels.

It is disgraceful the voters of Hampshire County adore the "Mezz Money" he brings back to their county. They will likely re-elect him for manipulating state school funds and the Budget Digest.

He needs to be divested of any position of authority in the legislature.

The State Ethics Commission that kowtows to politicos should immediately be abolished and replaced with a new ethics system that is accountable to the people of the State of West Virginia.

Members of the Braxton County Board of Education are urging Speaker Kiss to remove Mezzatesta as House education Committee chairman, and are asking other school boards to stand up and do likewise.


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