Royena Cartwright: Legislators need to obey the law

08/26/2014 2:24 PM

08/26/2014 11:55 PM

Re “Lawmaker, tribe, Assembly official to pay FPPC fines” (Page A3, Aug. 12): When we elect people to the state Legislature, we have expectations. We want them to truly represent our needs and to conduct themselves with integrity. Unfortunately, we too often see behavior that reveals a contempt for the rule of law and a lack of concern for citizens and taxpayers.

For decades, the Democrats’ leadership in the Legislature has failed to anticipate and provide for our basic needs, such as the development of adequate water storage. At the same time, these politicians are constantly passing a parade of new taxes and new job-killing legislation. This disconnect with the citizens is coupled with a culture of corruption. A recent example is the fine levied on Assemblyman Adam Gray, who violated election law by not reporting a $1,900 in-kind gift on his forms. Gray is one of many politicians who seems to feel they are above the law. Their loyalty lies primarily with the special interests who fund their campaigns and lavish such gifts on them. We need people in the Legislature who obey the law, and who put the needs of the people above the needs of their financial benefactors.

Royena Cartwright, Modesto

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