Tim Spies never knows when to keep his mouth shut and now he has ticked off the ethics commission by insinuating that they had been manipulated by the media which calls into question their integrity. This is the best section from the Daily Times article which can be read here.
Spies said the appearance of a conflict of interest was manufactured by political adversaries and a hostile press. He accused The Daily Times of manipulating the public and, in turn, the commission, by misusing the word "urged" in a Jan. 20 headline. The article was about the commission's recommendation that "while the (housing code) legislation does not have a direct financial impact on Spies, the commission unanimously recommends he recuse himself to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest," as the article stated. This recommendation was in response to Spies' request for an advisory opinion on the matter. Spies said The Daily Times should have used the word "recommend" in the headline, rather than "urged."
Member Francis Kane said the commission is not a victim of any media plot.
"You can disagree with us that there wasn't an appearance (of a conflict of interest). I have no problem with that," Kane said. "But I do have a problem with you accusing the commission of being somehow hoodwinked or manipulated."