Ethical Decision Making?
Colleen Rowley has chosen to make "ethical decision making" a central part of her campaign to unseat Congressman John Kline. That makes this weeks mess over her campaign weblog (where an "unnamed volunteer" photo shopped Congressman Kline's face over a studio stock photo of Col. Klink from Hogan's Heroes) so amusing. According to press reports, Ms. Rowley "approved" the blog posting, picture and all, and did not "make" the Nazi connotation. How can we trust Ms. Rowley to make any kind of decision if she can not discern the repercussions of these actions? It almost makes you wonder what drove her decision to go to the press regarding Zacharias Moussawi. Was it an altruistic, ethical decision or was it a decision driven by personal ambition as this one was?
Yes, I know that Ms. Rowley’s campaign has removed the offending picture and has apologized to Congressman Kline for the transgression, but I think that this whole incident brings serious judgment questions to the fore. If Ms. Rowley does not have the discretion to realize that this kind of photo is not acceptable in civilized discourse, what is she going to do if, heaven forbid, she reaches the pressure cooker of Washington DC where each decision has more serious consequences? I think the citizens of the 2nd District deserve a better candidate than this.