It is about time, but Jim Black finally did the right thing and resigned from the State House of Representatives. It is sad that an elected representative is corrupt. What is even more sad is that everybody knew it and he was not only still in office but got re-elected. Granted, his last election was by a hair thin margin. However, he was re-elected none the less. Here he was back in office for less than a month and he decided to resign.
Jim Black, you should have done the right thing and dropped out of the race months ago. You knew that your federal corruption charge was coming. You knew that your days were numbered, or else you would not have stepped down as Speaker of the House. You knew how corrupt you were but put on the face of innocence. Shame on you, Jim Black. But just as bad, shame on each and every voter who knew how corrupt Jim Black was and still voted for him. Shame on every man and woman who stood by such an unethical man. During the election coverage in November, I watched people get on camera and sing the praises of Jim Black. In October, it was well known that Black would probably be indicted. It was so obvious that the web site jimblackmustgo.com was taken off the internet.
Now his shame is state wide. He is in all major newspapers, on the radio, and on television. What was dark has been brought to the light. What was done in secret was made open.
Jim Black deserves PMITA prison time for his violations of public trust, waste of taxpayer money, his role in the creation of the state lottery, to name a few. When 26, including the 10 largest newspapers (not generally known to be conservative media outlets) call for your resignation, it should be obvious that your time is limited. Enjoy Club Fed.