JOAN BARRON reports for the Trib.com
CHEYENNE — The leadership of the Wyoming House will look at an ethics complaint filed against a Gillette lawmaker after the Legislature convenes Jan. 11, said new House Speaker Ed Buchanan.
The complaint filed by Patricia Fazio of Cody claims that Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Gillette, sponsored and voted on bills in which she has a financial interest.
“Rep. Wallis is on a crusade to return horse slaughter for human consumption to the U.S.,” Fazio’s letter said. “I believe she is improperly and even fraudulently using her position as a Wyoming representative to promote and misrepresent the issue to her financial benefit,” it added.
Fazio is an animal rights activist.
In her response, Wallis claimed the complaint was based on “lies, tortured manipulation of the truth and innuendo.”
“About the only charge that has any validity in this entire attack by vicious so-called ‘horse advocates’ is the one that I will proudly defend … and that is that I am working diligently to restore humane and regulated processing of horses in the United States, because we believe that to be in the best interest of the equine industry and the best way to ensure the well-being of horses,” she said.
Wallis believes it is better to humanely kill a horse than allow the animal to starve to death.
Wallis said she does not raise horses nor does she receive compensation for her work on behalf of the horse industry.
You can practically hear Wallis sputtering through her quotes.
This is the reason we asked you not to sign any petitions or write letters regarding the complaint. It would be then be viewed as an animal rights’ vendetta against a politician. Better to let the complaint stand on its own merits. It can, however, be argued it would have been turned into that anyway by Wallis. Here we go again.