No foul? No way!

Selby, today's Statesman:

It's not every day a legislator travels overseas while voting in the Texas House.

Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Williamson County, was in London on Thursday while his votes on about 30 pieces of legislation were cast on the House floor.


In the meantime, Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, could be seen punching in votes for Krusee on routine final approvals of legislation.


Krusee paid for the trip from his own pocket, Delisi said, making the expenditure distinct from lobby-funded travel cited in a report issued this week by Texans for Public Justice.

Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office, saw no foul in a legislator taking a personal trip not funded by a special interest.

The job of legislator in Texas is historically viewed as a part-time occupation. Members usually have jobs.

"And you know, I'm prone to finding fouls," Smith said.

Smith didn't find a foul? This is precedent setting!

Posted by Evan @ 04/27/07 04:00 PM


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