Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Forget the plane – Teleconference!

Forget the plane – Teleconference! Is the message from the Florida Whig Party.

The party is launching a new movement to push national, state and local leaders to use new teleconferencing technologies instead of expensive air travel.

A post on their website questions, “outrageous use of state airplanes for questionable travel and the part-time status of our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Chief Financial Officer as they all campaign full-time for higher offices…”. Currently in Florida Governor Charlie Crist is running for U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp is running for Attorney General, and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is running for Governor.

The party is asking questions including:
“Should the Florida Whig Party require that a minimum percentage of time while in elective office be conducted within the borders of the state rather than in Washington, D.C.?”
“Is Congress able to craft legislation that allows video-conferencing in order to constitute a quorum?”
“Would teleconferencing reduce undue influence and pressure on party members to vote the party line?”
“Would known lobbyists and quiet peddlers of influence and power be reduced because of an increase in local vigilance by local media, interested individuals and groups?”


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