8:15 a.m. KTSA Morning Edge Commentary 10/18/2002

El Jefe Jeff shows the way

State Senator Jeff Wentworth has set a shining example that embarrasses other politicians in comparison. He has had a glorious, all-American epiphany. The term "revirginated" comes to mind.

With publicity growing wider about the Travis County ethics investigation into his lobbying, the senator issued a statement this week, quote:

"I am in the Texas Senate for only one purpose — to serve the public interest — and I am loyal to only one boss: the people of Senate District 25. Therefore, effective immediately, I will no longer represent any client before a state agency as a private lawyer."

No more pressuring state agencies, who depend on the legislature for their budgets, on behalf of big-bucks private clients. Just endless, hard, self-sacrificing labor for his one and only boss, the people.

That pledge of loyalty to his citizens and voters is so pure, so resonating, so magnificent, that I almost hear music behind it. Sort of like the old war movies where an invisible orchestra accompanies John Wayne into glorious, patriotic battle.

I go almost as far as imagining Mr. Wentworth standing tall, in exactly the old Superman pose, maybe even wearing a cape. The Stars and Stripes waving behind him at 50% transparency, amber waves of grain behind, music tracking, the senator's oath of fealty to the one boss, the people of his district. Be still my heart!

I struggle to hold my awe in restraint, lest I gush tears of joy and goodwill a'flowing down my cheeks, in a hundred year flood.

I'm Brad Messer with commentary at 8:15 on KTSA's Morning Edge.

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