House Democratic Caucus to McDonnell: Replace Fred Malek

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    I’m glad to see this letter, even if it took more than two weeks almost three weeks since bloggers, David Englin, Donald McEachin, and a few others raised this as an issue.  Better late than never, I guess. In addition, I would strongly urge any Democrat on the commission to demand Malek’s replacement.  If Malek is not replaced by…oh, I dunno, how about COB tomorrow?…they should resign immediately.

    May 27, 2010

    The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell

    Patrick Henry Building, Third Floor

    1111 E. Broad Street

    Richmond, VA 23219

    Governor McDonnell:

    We would first like to commend you on your creation of the Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring. Streamlining government and finding cost-saving efficiencies is a laudable goal regardless of one’s partisan leanings. In fact, our Caucus has put our words into action on this issue by supporting House Bill 1053 in the 2010 General Assembly session, which would have saved the Commonwealth millions of dollars.

    However, we are increasingly concerned that the important issue of government reform is being overshadowed by questions about the past behavior of the Chairman of the Commission, Fred Malek. We are especially concerned with his actions regarding Connecticut state pension investments and the six-figure penalty paid by Mr. Malek and his company to the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2004.  In its findings, the SEC expressed concern about the undisclosed agreements made by Malek’s company with a political associate of the Connecticut State Treasurer.  It is these kinds of incidents that create the need for reform and more transparency and sunlight in our government. True reform should not be led by someone with any questions regarding his background.

    Therefore, it is our strong suggestion that you replace Mr. Malek with a chairman whose credentials on government reform are unimpeachable.  Former U.S. Senator John Warner, Christopher Newport University President Paul Trible, or Commission member John “Dubby” Wynne are all well-qualified alternatives.  It is clear that the important work of the commission would be distracted by questions about past behavior by its chairman, and that would be a disservice to the Commonwealth.  

    Sincerely,

    Ward L. Armstrong, House Minority Leader

    Kenneth R. Plum, House Democratic Caucus Chair

    UPDATE: Need a good laugh? Check out this bizarre statement, straight from an alternate universe the Republican Party of Virginia. WTF?

    • antonio_m_elias

      To give bloggers and their buddies in politics (such as Don McEaching) credit for everything, but I’m pretty sure that Dave Englin was one of the first if not the first public figure to raise this issue.

      Other than that – agreed!  Bob McD is delusional on this – but look, every time he refuses to admit he did something wrong his stock just keeps plummeting.  That having been said, he’s already admitted he was wrong twice this year.  First workplace nondiscrimination, then Confederate History Month.  Three strikes and you’re out (of the Republican self-denial club), Bob!