Last week, Delawareans decided to put Kathy McGuiness in the State Auditor position. Not all Delawareans, that is, but enough for her to win. It’s not like I didn’t warn you all for the past year. According to the Cape Gazette, McGuiness hasn’t decided if she will vacate her position as Rehoboth Commissioner. Hello Delaware, can you say conflict of interest?
“Quite honestly, I haven’t given it too much thought,” said McGuiness, who has been a commissioner for 17 years. “I’ve been quite busy with the campaign.”
This coming from the woman who vowed to be independent. She should have resigned that post the very second she was elected. Instead, we get McGuiness waffling on this decision. Even though the City of Rehoboth gets state money and could potentially be a part of an audit. But she’s been too busy campaigning about maintaining independence to decide if a position she already holds is a conflict of interest?
You would think there would be laws against this sort of idiocy in Delaware. But no, our lawmakers seem to think it is okay.
Prior to the election, State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove said Rehoboth’s charter may address the issue, but otherwise state law doesn’t prevent McGuiness from holding both positions.
According to the article, neither does the charter for the City of Rehoboth. The fact this is even a question for McGuiness says volumes about her character.
“I’ve been saying all along we need to get politics out of this office,” she said. “It’s about maintaining the character of the office.”
I dread what kind of character Kathy McGuiness is going to build for this office. People who work in that office should be very worried. They really have no idea what they are going to face with her. The last thing McGuiness will do is get politics out of the office. She is ALL ABOUT politics. What happens when she does leave her elected position early to run for some other statewide office, like Lieutenant Governor or, dare I say it, Governor?
Will she also resign from all the committees and groups she bragged about during her campaign? Will she resign as a trustee from Delaware State University who is a major recipient of state funds? Why hasn’t she already?