FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2014
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Vidak: Sen. DeSaulnier is Right —Make Public the Report on Senate Hiring Practices
Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today issued the following statement, joining Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) in calling for Senate leaders to publicly release the investigation report on hiring practices in the Senate:
I agree with Senator DeSaulnier’s statement in the Fresno Bee yesterday that the Senate is a public institution and the investigation report on Senate hiring practices should be made public. (“California Senate employees testify on retaliatory workplace culture” – 9/30/14). Surely sensitive portions of the report could be redacted to protect employees’ privacy, as the Fresno Bee newspaper opined (“State Senate should release report on nepotism” – 9/28/14).
Senate President pro-Tempore Darrell Steinberg promised to all Californians that the Senate would be run with transparency. Hiding the results of an investigation into nepotism and retaliation is not transparency. When Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) assumes the office of pro-Tempore on October 16, he should end the cover-up and make the report public.
The Senate this year has already covered and protected two Senators indicted for public corruption and other charges, and did the same for a Senator who was convicted of eight felonies, including perjury. In light of that fact, you’d think Senate leaders would make restoring integrity of this institution a priority. Instead, this cover-up will only further disgrace the Senate.
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Senator Vidak proudly serves the people of Kings, Fresno, Kern and Tulare counties.