PoliticsPA reported yesterday about the most recent lateral political stunt by one of the candidates in the 13th congressional Democratic primary. This time, it was State Representative Brendan Boyle targeting two of his competitors, Daylin Leach and Valerie Arkoosh.
“How is it that a majority of a representative body like Congress now belongs to the wealthiest one percent of America? We are becoming an American oligarchy where the wealthiest candidates are funded by themselves and their wealthy friends – and then set tax policies that benefit the wealthy,” Boyle said.
“Last week Daylin Leach urged Margolies to be more transparent with her campaign finances at the same time he was being less transparent with his own personal finances,” said Boyle of his colleague in the Pennsylvania State Senate.
Leach senior advisor Aren Platt lashed out in response. “It’s ironic that Boyle is focused on Daylin’s wife’s income rather than the women who are suffering because of the clinics that closed due to his efforts.”
Val Arkoosh sent out a negative mailer about Boyle’s reproductive rights record in the state legislature this past week, and this morning, Sean Kitchen of the Raging Chicken Press discussed the similarities between a bill he prime sponsored and ALEC-like bills popping up across the country.
Boyle’s campaign manager chimed in with a jab at Val Arkoosh. “I think Val has a special duty to come clean with voters and release her tax returns, because she is the least known among us. It is possible that her financial entanglements raise ethical questions – why else would she refuse to do what Brendan Boyle and every candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania has done by making their taxes public?”
But has Boyle really made his taxes available to the public? Let’s have real transparency. Boyle released five years of tax returns to a few reporters at the Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, but doesn’t transparency in this argument imply a responsibility to voters? There haven’t been any journalistic examinations of his finances released to the public, so that’s not very transparent to me.
Boyle might be the least wealthy person in this race, but he is one of four very powerful Caucasian people running for a seat that could very well employ its successor for as long as they ever shall want a job. Are we really to look at any of the candidates with admiration, just for the slightest indication of transparency? Or should we see this as another calculated political maneuver by a politician who sees himself as less rich than his competitors?
Throw it up on Scribd. Go for it, Representative. Be the definitive leader on this issue, and bring a much needed dose of public honesty to this brutish race. I hereby promise to ensure that you get the credit and thanks you deserve.