Rob Schaaf's ethics pratfall
If you love watching elected officials make fools of themselves, Rob Schaaf performed brilliantly with his appearance in a Kansas City Star story Sunday.
Basically, Schaaf helped kill a bill that would have affected his company, which deals in medical-malpractice insurance.
Of course, when questioned by The Star about his role, Schaaf hemmed and hawed and at some points couldn’t remember exactly what happened - just as several other Republicans involved in the fiasco simply couldn’t recall their actions.
How convenient for them.
Anyway, the bill that Schaaf didn’t like died during the session, thanks to the help of fellow Republicans.
It was just another example of how Missouri’s loose ethics laws allow elected officials to control the fate of bills they either do or don’t like.
In this case, Schaaf’s medical-malpractice insurance firm would have been regulated by tighter laws proposed by the state. But because Schaaf didn’t want that to happen, voila, nothing happened.