I have been asked by members of the media if I had a statement on the Morrissey Report and the scandal surrounding Michele Reagan’s office and her mishandling of the Prop 123 special election. I wanted a chance to first review the report, but I have read enough now to be able to say this much.
People aren’t perfect, mistakes will happen, and there is nothing unusual about that. But the scope of this error, the degree to which Michele Reagan’s office hid the problem from her to start, her lack of awareness of what was going on in her own office, her decision to hide the truth from the voters for another two days after finally being told, and her decision to blame IBM for something she knew with certainty was not their fault, is absolutely astounding.
Even more remarkably, no one resigned and no one got fired. Secretary Reagan is running an office where there is no respect for her, no accountability, and no respect for the voters we all serve.
Mistakes happen, voters understand that, and they are generally fair to those who admit them and correct them honestly. Michele Reagan hid the truth, then lied about it, and her dishonesty and refusal to admit the truth ought to be disqualifying from public office. It will be up to the voters to make their final decision in 2018.