(Des Moines) A bid to toughen Senate ethics rules in the aftermath of the Kent Sorenson resignation appears to have stalled this session.
Council Bluffs Democrat Michael Gronstal says he’s open to any clarifying language, but that the current rules worked.
“It is really clear to anybody watching that the current senate ethics rules say you cannot take money directly or indirectly from a presidential campaign and the person that in fact did that is gone,” stated Gronstal.
The House has its own separate ethics rules. And, Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he’s not interested in following the Senate’s lead by banning any member of his chamber from working for a Presidential candidate.
“Our interest is in making sure that we have timely and complete disclosure so that Iowan’s have a right to know, or I think they have a right to know, who each of us work for and if one of those happens to be a Presidential campaign we just need to make sure that that is clearly disclosed,” said Paulsen.
Speaker Paulsen says at least two members of his chamber have already worked for Presidential campaigns and neither case seemed to cause any problems.
After Sorensen resigned for allegedly accepting money for switching his Presidential endorsement, critics of the Iowa Caucus “first in the nation” status called for reconsidering that distinction because of the perception of “pay for play” politics.
Iowa Radio Network