Our elected state senator, Ted Gaines, is co-chairman of the state senate insurance committee. As an insurance company owner, he obviously has experience and knowledge of the industry, which means he could act as a valuable public servant.
Except his co-chairman, state Senator Ron Calderon, has been investigated and is now being charged by the FBI for taking bribes from a company that provides services through the state worker’s compensation insurance program. State senate pro-tem Darrell Steinberg, arguably the most powerful politician in California, is also implicated in this same worker’s compensation scandal.
Ted Gaines never stood up to identify this alleged corruption at the highest levels of state government. While I’d hesitate to say he was aware, I’d ask: How could you, senator, with your industry knowledge and co-chairmanship, let this alleged corruption and political malfeasance go undisclosed?