Saturday, June 21, 2003

Politics, Pure and Simple

The Salt Lake Tribune is carrying a story alleging Governor Leavitt's plausible conflict of interest concerning the Worker's Compensation Fund. Interesting that no one questioned this until the Governor made the legislature angry by talking with the media about his plans for WCF before discussing them with the legislature. This is a classic smear job full of allegations, plausibilities, innuendo, and very short on fact. This is a typical politic move designed to put pressure on Leavitt to pull punches and step out of the game so that the legislature can roll him. It makes Leavitt less effective. It will be interesting to see if he puts his approval rating on the line and pushes for what he thinks is right here or whether he takes the less risky route and gives in.

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