A new low

Rodney Alexander switches parties at the last minute before filing, preventing a Democrat from filing to run against him.

Now this is about the sleaziest, most cowardly thing I’ve ever heard of a politician doing: and that’s saying a lot.

Update Some people, on the other hand, have integrity, even when it’s expensive: Alexander’s staff resigned en masse this morning. Now who’s in charge of making sure these brave folks land on their feet?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

4 thoughts on “A new low”

  1. Political Chicanery

    A tale of political skullduggery in Lousiana. Boild down to essentials, a Dem Congresscritter was thinking of switching to Republican. So everyone gathers round, persuades him, donates to his campaign funds, essentially sucks up like mad. So he faces no

  2. Political Chicanery

    A tale of political skullduggery in Lousiana. Boiled down to essentials, a Dem Congresscritter was thinking of switching to Republican. So everyone gathers round, persuades him, donates to his campaign funds, essentially sucks up like mad. So he faces no

  3. To get away with gross contempt

    Mark Kleiman dwar my attention to waht he calls A new low.
    The New York Times reported about the amazing Last-Minute Party Switch of representative Rodney Alexander of Louisiana.

  4. POLITICS: Sauce, Goose, Gander

    So, last week, Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander switched parties, to catcalls from Democrats; Alexander chose to time his switch late enough to prevent the Democrats from fielding a viable opponent on November's ballot, a bit of non-beanbaggery t…

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