For what it’s worth, I agree that this is the wrong bill, but I’m thrilled to see it suddenly fashionable to crusade for ethics upgrades. You can see where Foley is headed. First he’ll bludgeon Cafero with this issue. Then, if he wins the nomination, he’ll go after Malloy for weakening the watchdog agencies.
What makes him an implausible ethics crusader are his comments in the 2010 race. Foley was very tight with John Rowland, and he was unwilling to concede that Rowland was part of a criminal conspiracy to award lucrative contracts to favored contractors. (This was part of Rowland’s signed stipulation at sentencing.) He refused to say whether or not Rowland should have gone to prison. You can’t take that kind of thing lightly and then declare yourself a clean government guy.
I’d prefer a bill that more sharply defined “conflict of interest” and then required public officials to fully recuse and absent themselves from caucus deliberations, floor debates and votes pertaining to such bills.