I wrote two weeks ago about transparency killer, Ron Sims, who has been tapped by Barack Obama for the No. 2 position at HUD and said that I hoped “someone on the committee is talking to the folks who have fought the real Ron Sims in his own backyard.” Last week, blogger Stefan Sharkansky of Sound Politics won a whopping $225,000 settlement in his public disclosure suit against Sims.
Is anyone listening?
Well, you’ll be glad to know someone’s on the ball in the Beltway. And you’ll also be glad to know that Sims was exposed as a big liar by the Washington Examiner:
President Barack Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) told Senator David Vitter (R-La.) last week during a confirmation hearing that he could not comment about his role in an on-going legal battle over a sport stadium.
“With regard to the litigation involving Qwest Field, since the matter is involved in active litigation, I am regrettably unable to comment upon that case,” said Ronald Sims, the King County Executive in Washington State.
However, when he wasinterviewed by a television crew the next day about a $120,000 fine Sims denied concealing any records or having any personal involvement in the case. Sims also said there were no records linking him with the case.
“I didn’t conceal anything, so you’re absolutely wrong on that,” he said. “I was not fined $120,000. As a matter of fact, it’s interesting because there is nothing in the court record at all involving me personally. I never was involved in that at all. There’s nothing—nothing regarding my conduct. I didn’t conceal a thing. I did order the release of documents after they were discovered, but I never concealed anything.”
Court records contradict these statements. “The office of Ron Sims, King County Executive” was listed as the respondent in a court ruling issued this past January. Writing for the majority in Yousoufian v. Sims, Justice Richard Sanders concluded that information was withheld from the plaintiff and that fines should be levied.
Be sure to contact your Senators about this transparency-killing, truth-challenged hack.
And ask all the members of the Senate Banking committee who unanimously supported him today what exactly they have against public disclosure laws and ethics.
Best and brightest my foot.
You can get the whole truth about the stadium case from the citizen activist who blew the whistle and wouldn’t let Sims’ sins go, Armen Yousoufian. His blog is here.
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