Allegheny county executive and gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato announced a government reform package today that would cap political contributions, eliminate so-called walking-around money and withhold state lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a budget on time.
Onorato, speaking to about 60 Rotary Club members Downtown, promised that on his first day in the governor's office he would ban gifts to executive branch officials, extend the one-year ban on lobbying by former state officials to two years, and require more detailed disclosure of lobbyists' contacts with state officials. (Trib, Mike Wereschagin)
And it gets better!
I can't wait until he submits identical legislation to Allegheny County Council, and pushes for it with all guns blazing. After all, if it's good enough for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the event that Mr. Onorato gets elected, it's certainly good enough for us here in Allegheny County while we still have him all to ourselves! The same principles apply, right? Now that I think about it, I'm feeling unprotected from all these corrosive political influences which Mr. Onorato believes are so dangerous. I'm glad we can expect these strong legal assurances on the home front any moment now.
*-UPDATE: Rival Democratic candidate Tom Knox is starting to raise questions pertaining to credibility. (Early Returns)