Ron Sims is an ironic choice for the "Transparency Administration"
President Obama wants to be the Transparency President:ON his first full day in the Oval Office, President Obama signaled a new approach to government transparency that will help restore trust in government.So it's somewhat ironic that Obama has nominated King County Executive Ron Sims to be No. 2 at HUD.
As if opening the Bush administration's musty drapes in the Oval Office, Obama issued a memo urging agencies to err on the side of disclosure rather than on the side of secrecy, when responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
After all, Sims is culpable for what may well become the largest fine for violations of public records laws in U.S. history: see Yousoufian, Armen
My own public records suit against Sims (for delaying release of election records which revealed that King County officials unlawfully counted hundreds of ineligible ballots in the 2004 governor's race) goes to trial in April.
This administration is combines the ethics of Chicago politics with the success policies of Detroit.