Thanks to the Washington Post for catching Senate Democratic Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, unplugged. Sure, he’s entertaining, but he’s also dead wrong on the need for strong ethics laws (by his reasoning, outlawing murder wouldn’t prevent all murders, so why have laws against murder?). He’s also cringe-inducingly embarrassing, truly a disgrace to Virginia Democrats and to the Virginia State Senate. My god, this guy needed to retire a long time ago.
With that, here’s the video of Saslaw bizarre ramble about how “lobbyists, campaign contributions and gifts” are NOT the “problem in Virginia;” about how “in DC, there’s got to be a shuttlebus between the penitentiary and that city’s council chambers,” despite tough ethics laws; about how Mayor Vincent Gray is “up to his ass in alligators;” about the Prince George’s County Executive’s wife had “some bra, because…she had $77,000 in $100 bills in there;” etc. So, according to Saslaw, the problem is electing people with a “computer chip in their head that’s not working, telling them the difference between right and wrong…and there’s no laws that you can pass…that would fix that…you couldn’t write a law to stop any of that.” Oh, and finally, Saslaw adds for good measure: “hell, we’ve got laws on the books – bank robbery, murder, armed robbery, embezzlement – and people still do it…because…they don’t know the difference between right and wrong.”
My god, somebody primary this clown!
P.S. No, not ALL the “bad guys” are on the Republican side…this guy doesn’t believe in ethics legislation, but does like money from predatory lenders!