On Kuzman's resignation, Shella writes:
Rep. Bob Kuzman is the latest lawmaker to cross over. Kuzman (D-Crown Point) informed House Speaker Pat Bauer today of plans to leave the General Assembly and become a lobbyist.
Kuzman begins tomorrow at Ice Miller after 11 years in the House. He will join former Republican lawmaker Luke Messer at the law firm.
Says Kuzman, "It's the right thing for the family." One of his children begins school in the fall.
Is it right? Ice Miller is one of those firms where most aspiring attorneys can only dream of working unless he/she ranks at least in the top ten percent of a law school class and has other notable qualities. There's always been one been exception though. If you're an effective influence peddler, the bar can drop pretty low. Even an under-achieving night law student who failed the bar examination three times can find a home at the firm if he's good at peddling influence (I'm not referring to Kuzman). As for ethics in our state government, this revolving door of lawmakers and state agency executives heading to greener pasteurs at law firms like Ice Miller gives the impression our government decision-makers are simply on loan until they are purchased by the highest bidder, leaving one to wonder who's really in charge of our government. It's certainly not a government of the people.