Kevin McCarthy might soon be known as speaker of the House in Washington, but when he visits his hometown he's still just "Kevin."
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission's New Executive Director
When voters approved the clean elections system of public campaign financing in 1998, the majority seemed to be endorsing the concept based more on grassroots support and less on the traditional establishment. A lot of candidates who run with clean elections money succeeded at the polls including Janet Napolitano in her first gubernatorial campaign, but some would argue the system lost its teeth when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down clean elections' matching funds provision, and there often seem to be efforts at the Legislature to eliminate clean elections altogether.
It is into that environment that Tom Collins finds himself as the new executive director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. He joined us in studio.