There is no greater breech of ethics for a legislator than to lie or mislead your leadership. Rep. Dottie Sims had committed to voting in favor of Speaker Richards version of a Bill to allow expanded gaming in Kentucky. In the end, without informing Leadership of her intentions to change her vote she reneged on her promise to vote a certain way.
Rep. Sims was not born last night. She is not a freshman legislator. She should be well aware of the of the ethics involved. If your word is no good then you don't have a future in politics. Rep. Sims by her own actions embarrassed not only herself but Speaker Richards and the House Leadership.
I like many have felt that Speaker Richards was too nice for his own good many times. Today, I could not be any more proud of Speaker Richards actions. For Dottie Sims transgressions, she was removed by the House Committee on Committees, which is basically House Leadership, from her position as a member of the House Elections, Constitutional Amendment and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.
Speaker Richards appointed Tim Firkins of Louisville and John Will Stacey of West Liberty to the Committee. The time has been drawing near for a few weeks for the Speaker to get everyone on the same page and I am glad that he has made an example of someone whose actions have shown the most blatant disregard for ethics and decorum.
Rep. Sims offered up some lame excuse that she had heard from members in her district who were horse people. Yea, right. If your hearing from horse people in Western Kentucky then that means the Amish are going to start racing their plow horses and mules.
This was a defining moment in Jody Richards career in my mind. When I think back to my hero Bill "Boom Boom" Kenton it is exactly what he would have done. You gavel them down when they get out of line.
And may the Lord had His Blessing to the reading of the Word. Amen