“Somebody’s conscience got to bothering them and they thought everybody down here was a bunch of crooks like they are,” he said. “Whoever was the mastermind of this ethics bill totally screwed up the camaraderie and fun in the Alabama Legislature.”
Why would you say this to AL.com’s Kyle Whitmire….
I want to make it clear that Martin wasn’t trying to be cute. He wasn’t saying any of this tongue-in-cheek. He was mad. He was mad because Alabama law doesn’t let lawmakers eat, drink and party with lobbyists picking up the tabs the way they used to.
Martin, a Republican from Clanton, lost reelection in 2010, but in 2014 he won his old seat back. While he was gone, the Alabama Legislature passed what it boasted as being the toughest-in-the-nation ethics laws.
A steak dinner, Matin said, can’t buy his vote.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy the steak, and he misses those dinners.
“We don’t draw a big salary and we spend a lot of time away from work and our families,” he said. “It helps to have some perks now and then.”
Go home and let someone who isn’t in it for kicks and giggles, AND steaks, do the job.
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