Lavelle questions Gordon's ethics reform proposal

By Jim Hilgen 7:23pm, February 22, 2013 - Updated 9:06am, February 23, 2013
Republican State Senator Greg Lavelle is skeptical of County Executive Tom Gordon's proposed ethics reform.

Lavelle tells WDEL the county's Democratic leader has a checkered past.

He says county residents could consider the irony of one piece of the legislative package.

"Let's go back to disclosure. He fought the disclosure of of a $2 million gift to his chief administrative officer. So, simply because Tom says, 'I'm going to do this,' we're supposed to bow down?" Lavelle asks.

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Lavelle takes issue with what he calls Gordon's dismissive and bullying style of governance.

He says county residents should be mindful of the source of this legislation, adding "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it."

Lavelle has some strong recollections of the previous Gordon administration.

"The county was a mess then, Allan. I lived under that as a state representative. His management style is one of being punitive, is one of intimidation, and is one of being a bully," says Lavelle.

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He defended council members Kilpatrick and Smiley who both have expressed concerns about they called Gordon's disregard of the legislative process.

But Lavelle says if elements of the reforms turn up in Dover, he'll approach those reforms with an open mind.

Click the link below to hear all of Senator Lavelle's interview with Allan Loudell.

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