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When I first read the stories about this, I was flat out mad. I'm not big on spurious litigation, but I would have backed this guy 100% if he sued for losing his position. But...it's a political position. He was appointed to his position by Schwarzenegger. While I have ZERO problem with him going to Idaho and legally hunting a cougar, a lot of folks in California do, and they raised enough of a stink that Mr. Richards saw the righting on the wall, and even voted for his own removal to make it a unanimous vote.
What I DO have a problem with, and is getting very little play in most of the stories, is that Mr. Richards had already made himself a target, because he initially didn't pay the $7,000 to go on his cougar hunt. It wasn't until an ethics complaint was filed that he paid his own way. I know that THAT is also politics, but it upsets me just as much as any other junket a politician goes on.
I mean...does politics have to be dirty at EVERY level?
Sorry...redundant question. Maybe I'm just jealous. I wouldn't take a free cougar hunt, but I might have a harder time turning down an outfitted elk hunt in Idaho, Wyoming or New Mexico. Heck...or in Washington.