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Who are the 'worst governors'?

July 24, 2013
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It’s likely a study the governor doesn't think about too much.

A nonprofit legal watchdog group based in the nation’s capital released the findings of a study that examined what it considered to be shady and unethical conduct among the nation’s 50 governors.

As a result, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named the “worst governors in America” this month and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was not among them.

“CREW’s research reveals many state leaders aren’t always looking out for their constituents’ best interests. It seems some governors are more interested in what their states can do for them rather than what they can do for their states,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.

According to CREW, the six worst governors are Nathan Deal of Georgia; Paul LePage of Virginia; Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania; Rick Perry of Texas; Rick Scott of Florida; and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker.

Although Snyder wasn’t listed among the worst, CREW placed him in a group of six governors that it claims are “worth watching.”

“The problem of our elected leaders using their positions to benefit themselves, their families, and their friends goes well beyond the Capital Beltway. Some of those named in this report could give Boss Tweed a run for his money,” said Sloan.

William M. Tweed was a corrupt politician who was convicted in 1877 of stealing up to an estimated $200 million from New York City taxpayers. In today’s dollars, that figure amounts to roughly $8 billion. Boss Tweed died in the Ludlow Street Jail in 1878.

The CREW report is available at citizensforethics.org.

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