I wasn’t asked to sign on, but I would have… Full disclosure is a good thing. It clarifies that there really is nothing to hide… I hope that Rep. Mitchell, Sen. Henry, and other double dippers come clean, too…
PDD/DELCOG CALL FOR RELEASE OF RECORDS
Contacts: Paul Baumbach, President Progressive Democrats for Delaware (302) 562-4546John Flaherty, President Delaware Coalition for Open Government (302) 319-1213The recent announcement from the State Attorney General’s office that they cannot release information and/or records as to when Senate President Pro Tem Anthony DeLuca shows up to work is simply unacceptable.
The words of Deputy Attorney General W. Michael Tupman are as true today as they were in 2006: “Just as the public has a right to know the salary paid to public employees, the public also has a right to know when their public employees are and are not performing the duties for which they are paid.”
Those words were true with respect to former State Representative Nancy Wagner, and they must be just as true with respect Senator Anthony DeLuca.
Citizens have a right to know if he is being paid for two jobs while only doing one.
We have the right to know how the other 10 state legislators, who also have secondary state jobs with state agencies, spend their time.
We have this right because we, as a public, need to know if our elected representatives are performing their duties on our behalf ethically and effectively.
We need to know that nothing is influencing their votes.
There is no security threat to anyone in providing that information.
There is also no basis for denying their right to that information because the elected official is a merit system employee in his or her second job. That is really a distinction without a difference.
We request that Senator DeLuca and any similarly situated Senator or Representative voluntarily release that information, and waive the supposed protections a merit based employee receives under the law.
Failing that, they should resign one of their positions.
Because, quite simply, if we can’t have the records and the doors of government are being shut to the people, then Delaware’s legislators must be prohibited from having two state jobs.
We also urge the General Assembly to, once and for all, ban “double-dipping” on the part of all legislators and all state employees.
Paul Baumbach, President, Progressive Democrats for Delaware
John D. Flaherty, President, Delaware Coalition for Open Government
C. Edward Brittingham, President, NAACP Delaware State Conference of Branches
Mark Blake, President, Greater Hockessin Area Development AssociationDave Bailey
Valerie V. Cloutier
Mack D. Cochran
Susan Regis Collins
Bonnie A. Corwin
Emily (Tuthill) Best Cramer
Anthony J. De Marco
Avis W. DiBuo
Jimmy “Chainsaw” Epps
Leann H. Ferguson
Tanya Vaillancourt Looney
R. Jerry Martin
John TC Megahan
Jason K. Melrath
Meyer J. Persow
Cynthia L. Smith
Scott R. Spencer