"Today's news reveals a culture in the Capitol that values power and influence over public service. We now have three legislators from the ruling party who have been either accused or convicted of abusing their positions of public trust. Californians deserve better than this. We deserve to have a government worthy of our people.
"There are two types of people who run for public office. The first type applies to those who run to become someone; to obtain a position. We should be wary of these would-be officials because once they win, they have accomplished their goal, and everything else becomes negotiable. The second type -- people like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher -- applies to those who run in order to accomplish something; to put good ideas into action. While the legislature must take steps to fight corruption, we the people must take the time to send true public servants to represent us in government -- people who will be less susceptible to the corrupting influences that permeate the Capitol today.