Palm Beach County’s ethics commission is rarely going to please the people on whom it passes judgment. As a state senator’s cynical efforts to intimidate it show, holding local government leaders and lobbyists to account for ethics code violations is a sure way to make political enemies. Such is the nature of the panel’s important role.
But the Commission on Ethics does itself no favors when its members make remarks from the dais that can be used to call into question their professionalism. Such was the case this year in two hearings regarding a Wellington equestrian’s improper donation to the Wellington mayor’s legal defense fund.
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