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Chipping away at Chip Flowers

I'm starting to feel sorry for Chip Flowers.

Whatever his highfalutin traveling ways; whatever the pretension of calling his office "The Treasury", essentially referring to himself in the third person, there's no let-up in state lawmakers of his own party chipping away at his public position.

Flowers told me in our last interview that he DID have legislative allies. Well, where are they?

(In fairness, an amendment was introduced in the House to require civilian members of the Cash Management Policy Board to divulge their financial interests. It failed, 19-19. So at least some legislators agree with Chip Flowers' call for greater transparency.)

House leaders pounded on Flowers Wednesday for his dealings with the Cash Management Policy Board. A House committee okayed legislation affirming that the Cash Management Policy Board alone has authority to manage the state's two-Billion-dollar investment portfolio.

I still think Flowers raises a legitimate issue about the transparency of board members - despite suggestions they don't need the grief for dedicating their time to the board without compensation - but his bull-in-the-china-shop approach and travel extravagances have left him isolated.

But clearly, key legislative leaders - House Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) and House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst (D-Bear) - have it in for Flowers, one assumes, prodded by the Governor.

Meanwhile, a potential Democratic primary challenger waits in the wings, and a Republican is definitely in the running.

Posted at 7:41am on January 30, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

JimH
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 9:34am
I do not feel sorry for him at all. His arrogant personality has brought this on himself. He has no interest in serving the "public good" and doing what is best for Delaware. He makes it very clear he is in this for himself.

Arthur
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 10:53am
He's a d-bag and all the politicians grandstanding to pound their chests about him are d-bags. Move on.

mrpizza
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 8:25pm
Time to send Rodney King back to prison.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 8:15am
JimH: Well said, I totally agree.


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