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Local Connection: Donna Kim

By: Rick Blangiardi

Since Senator Donna Kim was abruptly replaced as Senate President two weeks ago...there has been a lot of speculation over what she did to deserve the sudden demotion.

It's become apparent that there was no smoking gun - no wrongdoing or inappropriate behavior. Her critics admit it was a matter of style. They complain she butted into their hearings...asking tough questions...basically being Donna Kim.

But she also got the job done. The session was almost over -- the deals made, the deadlines met...and the controversies smoothed over. The outcome of the final votes was assured...with the help of Senator Kim's leadership.

For that she deserved congratulation. Not humiliation.

But instead of waiting a few days for the appropriate face-saving moment...Senator Kim's enemies made their move while the whole state watched.

It happened on probably the only day in the entire year that all the television stations were at the capitol. All there to capture the moment she handed over the gavel.

In a place where important things usually happen behind closed doors, and protecting fragile egos is usually a priority... this was painfully public. It was clearly orchestrated to embarrass and humiliate Senator Kim. She is a proud person, and she handled it with class. But it had to hurt.

She deserved better; and we deserve better behavior by our elected officials.

It happened on probably the only day in the entire year that all the television stations were at the capitol. All there to capture the moment she handed over the gavel.

In a place where important things usually happen behind closed doors, and protecting fragile egos is usually a priority... this was painfully public. It was clearly orchestrated to embarrass and humiliate Senator Kim. She is a proud person, and she handled it with class. But it had to hurt.

She deserved better; and we deserve better behavior by our elected officials.

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