Ethics aren’t a partisan issue. People like to know that the people they buy to represent them are actually…you know…representing them. Unfortunately, people of the Georgia Public Service Commission District 5 don’t really have that going for them. Luckily, there’s a chance to fix that.
Incumbent Stan Wise may well have done nothing wrong. However, when a politician gets donations for his reelection campaign, people look at it. When those funds come days before a key vote, and come from people who represent those who benefited from Wise’s vote, well then things look more than a little funny.
However, David Staples seeks to change things. Staples is on the Libertarian Party ticket, and I know few will be surprised that I’m endorsing a libertarian, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, the facts I mentioned about Wise have nothing to do with him being a Republican and everything to do with the questionable donations he has received. What’s more, he has so far apparently not done anything to return the questionable funds. It looks funny, to say the least.
Next, there is no other opposition to Wise. While some would prefer to vote for a major party candidate, there isn’t one in this case. The choice is a vote for someone who looks to be bought and paid for by the industries he is supposed to regulate, or someone who is running on principle.
Honestly, I stand to gain nothing by Staples’ election. The Libertarian Party won’t gain predominance in state politics, or anything of the sort.
What I stand to gain is the same thing the voters of Georgia stand to gain. The Public Service Commission regulates utilities here in Georgia, and as our utility rates continue to increase, it would be nice to know that those increases aren’t the result of a bought and paid for commissioner.
None of this should be construed to actually say Stan Wise is corrupt. In fact, I have no direct evidence that he is. What I do have are some things that make me question his integrity. His actions – or, actually, the lack of action – causes one to question it.
To that end, I issue my most heartfelt endorsement of David Staples for PSC District 5 this November. The choice is clear. Do we actually want principled people in office, or is the status quo good enough?
For me, the choice is simple.