This post is a correction to my previous one, More Editors Say No To Pombo. Richard Pombo has been endorsed by one newspaper, the Lodi News Sentinel. Here’s what they say in their editorial “Pombo for Congress — but he must clear ethical clouds”:
[T]his endorsement comes with reservations.Apparently, the editors of the News Sentinel are slow learners. Back in June they were saying pretty much the same thing in their somewhat grudging primary endorsement:
There are fair questions being raised about Pombo's ethics. He has received campaign donations from the convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He has received money from the Indian tribes whose fortunes he controls as a legislative leader.
Critics contend he has traded financial favor for legislative action.
Pombo has also continued to employ his wife, Annette, as a campaign consultant.
None of this reflects well on the rancher from Tracy.
We hope that, once re-elected, Pombo will take pains to clear the ethical clouds above him. As a veteran leader of Congress, he can and should use his power to push for higher standards of conduct and accountability.
We're sticking with [Pombo] through the GOP primary — and hoping he develops more sensitivity to even the mere appearance of impropriety. If Mrs. Pombo were to find a job outside the campaign between now and November, her husband will win our admiration and probably a large majority of 11th District votes.Well, Mrs. Pombo is still on the campaign payroll, and the ethical clouds are growing, not dissipating. Yet the editors of the News Sentinel are basing their endorsement on the naïve “hope” that Richard Pombo will somehow stop being Richard Pombo. Here’s a free tip, guys. Pull up a chair. It’s going to be a long wait.