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Without a solid ethical foundation to state governance, the process of developing and implementing sound public policy is weakened. In addition to the crisis of public confidence, which may turn voters away from politics in disgust, political scandals undermine the quality of the policymaking process.

Connecticut needs watertight laws, vigorous oversight, independent voices, and an electoral process that does not pervert the information voters receive. The responsibility of citizens includes not only voting their consciences but pressing their representatives to put the electoral process and policymaking on a cleaner, more transparent foundation.


Originally published:

Stiltner, Brian. "The Challenge of Ethical Political Leadership." Public Policy in Connecticut, Ed. by Gary L. Rose. Fairfield, CT: Sacred Heart University Press, 2005.