State Representative Jane “Crawfishin” English (R-??) is at it again.
As you may recall, English recently, and unethically, abandoned her House District so she could further her political ambitions by running for the Senate seat being vacated by term-limited Mary Ann Salmon.
English has gotten some heat from her decision to move out of her House district and needed something to change the subject. So today, no doubt at the behest of English’s campaign, the Republican Party of Arkansas filed an ethics complaint against English’s Democratic opponent Representative Barry Hyde (D-North Little Rock) on the issue of Hyde’s campaign finance reports. My blogger colleague Jason Tolbert has the details on the GOP’s filings.
This irony must be noted: the RPA is filing an ethics complaint over the matter of campaign finance reports when earlier this year they were fined by the Federal Election Commission for sloppy bookkeeping.
English’s press release, sent almost simultaneously as the RPA’s press release, had this to say about the GOP’s ethic complaint against Hyde:
Transparency ‘important to earn the trust of Arkansas voters’
For English to talk about transparency and trust is the height of hypocrisy. This from a State Rep who moved out of her district, thus breaking a basic trust with the voters that the person they elected will live among them.
I don’t know what will happen with the ethics complaint against Barry Hyde, but I do know Jane English’s actions in quitting her district are neither transparent nor trustworthy.