By Marc Campos

Do You Want To Know A Secret?

“It’s not fair. Not ethical, not honorable to ask people to vote in public” said a Texas State House GOP member this past weekend. You gotta be kidding!

As far as Commentary is concerned, I want to know how folks voted on the race for Texas House Speaker. I don’t want to spend the rest of the legislative session wondering which folks were speaking out of both sides of their pieholes.

Even Common Cause fell victim and lost their cred when they came out for a secret ballot.

Yeah, I understand the argument that a secret ballot is the sure way to dump Speaker Craddick, but do we do it at the expense of openness? I don’t think so.

Ordinary folks like Commentary are entitled to a secret ballot when we go to the polls every November. Public elected officials don’t get to cast secret ballots when they get to DC, Austin, City Hall or the school board meeting room.

I always thought open government was a principal the Democratic Party owned. We will see.

January 08, 2007, 9:00AM

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