Or maybe a better analogy would be they are like a bunch of District Attorneys visiting an illegal casino.
Once they throw the dice we can't trust them to prosecute the owners of the joint.
And that is what happens all too often with the appointed members of ethics agencies or Moreland commissions or blue ribbon panels set up to investigate this or that.
They come to the jobs with sterling reputations and at least some connection to the politicians that appoint them (how else could they be appointed).
And then very very few have the sack to tell the other heavyweight genius appointees that what is going on is wrong and before you know it they have taken the free drinks and comped buffet at the casino (a metaphor for all the Casey Seiler types out there) and its too late to stand up and say that what is going on in there own commission is wrong. No whistleblowers at this level. And we end up with JJOKE and MOREJOKE.
Here is a fundamental question. If you believe the NY Times reporting about Cuomo interference with Moreland (and its the Times so you have to believe) what was David Soares and Kathleen Rice and the other dozen or so District Attorneys doing? Shooting ethics craps and gorging on the free buffet of complimentary press releases. What was AG Eric "shakedown" Schneiderman doing? my guess sitting in the rafters taping everyone else shooting ethics craps and gorging on the free buffet of complimentary press releases and wondering how to get his name in the press releases.
WHAT THEY WEREN'T DOING WAS BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON CUOMO
And thats why ethics in Albany will remain broken. Ethics enforcement is based on trust that those appointed to oversee it will "do the right thing" And in Albany that means go along and get along
Trust these clowns? Hell the dice are probably loaded in their craps game.