Saturday, January 30, 2010
Sometimes, if you allegedly use state resources for campaigning, you're indicted on a boatload of felony charges.
Sometimes, you just get a huge advantage for your various statewide campaigns.
Sometimes, you're fined $10,000 and no charges are recommended.
Who's to know who will end up with what? It's a crapshoot!
The State Ethics Commission's ruling on Matt Wright is a slightly altered reissue of the grand jury presentment against Mike Veon - minus the 50 or so felony charges.
Then again, we've seen such disparity before. There was virtually no difference in the ethics ruling against Jim Lynch and that against Jeff Habay. Yet only Habay faced criminal charges; Lynch was fined less than $5,400.
It all depends upon who's running for what and how badly they need a high-profile prosecution to shore up their campaigns.