Kryzan's campaign raises questions about Lee's dismissal from job in 1989
The Alice Kryzan campaign issued a press release this evening slamming Chris Lee for his admission that he made a mistake while working as a salesman in 1989, which led to his termination from that job.
We posted about this previously. Lee allegedly hacked into company computers and changed the credit limits of customers.
The press release contains these five questions for Lee:
- Could Chris Lee or his attorney at the time explain why this wasn't prosecuted?
- Was there a fine involved and who paid for it?
- How much did Chris Lee defraud his company of?
- How seriously was the company put at risk?
- How much money did he stand to gain if he hadn't gotten caught?
Whether Lee answers these specific questions on the topic, he does owe voters a full explanation prior to Tuesday.
I wrote this morning about not rushing to judgment of Lee on this. It was 20 years ago. He was young. There is no evidence of a pattern of behavior. We all make mistakes and deserve second chances. Also, there are important issues at stake in this race that voters should focus on (and it is perhaps a bigger concern that Lee has said little of substance about these issues).
But, it is exceptionally important that our public officials be held to standards of full transparency about their conduct in and out of office. Lee should give a complete and full accounting of the events that led to his firing. This isn't a test of his conduct 20 years ago, but a test of his conduct today. Is he ethical enough to come clean?
UPDATE: Here's a question I think Mr. Lee needs to answer: Did Mr. Lee ever apologize to his former employer? Did he say, "I'm sorry"?