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Forget the OC, the University needs an ASUO watchdog group

In a recent press release to the Elections Committee and general student body, Tony Mecum announced the creation of the Students for Responsible Government. SRG, according to Mecum, is “a watchdog group to monitor campaign promises and rules by creating awareness about this year’s student government elections.”

Mecum, who resigned today from the EMU board, declares that he is tired of the elections being a “giant circus show” and that “for too long have special interest groups poisoned the democratic free allocation process.” He plans to wage this ASUO war with “every constitutional power granted to free paying members of this association.”┬áThe group is “nothing short of excited” and has received support from leaders across campus, according to Mecum. SRG is looking forward to the coming weeks, and is already analyzing wire tips.

Well all I can say is that it’s hight time that the UO finally has a group to keep an eye on the ASUO. Despite their stunning effectiveness as a governing body, you never know when the ASUO might misallocate hundreds of thousands of dollars to some kind of shady lobbyist group, or potentially break constitutional law. It’s great that we have upstanding men people in our student body willing to speak out against these abuses. I can rest easy tonight knowing that though ASUO elections loom on the horizon, Mecum and his group “are committed to this cause. Justice will be served.”

The most fiercestest government watchdog.

May the ASUO fear this face.

  1. G-Dawg says:

    Why thank you. And yes, I am Robert D’Andrea. My girlfriend was caught printing campaign material in the ASUO, which is strike one against her. (If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m not really D’Andrea, but I’ll still play along if you would like)

  2. D-dawg says:

    Anyone who makes a serious statement on this blog with the name G-Dawg is probably Robert DAndrea. Everyone knows that he was a terrible reporter/writer in general. No one respected his work, so now he wants his shmugly gf in office. Shame to the game yo! This is D-dawg, I spell dog with an a and w. Root beers, feel me. church.

  3. Gerri says:

    Not to be the bearer of bad news, but I heard most of the dirt that has come off the “wire” has been about Amelie. Tony is such a good guy; thank you for doing this!

  4. Dane says:

    CJ –

    6. All against the Captain.

  5. G-Dawg says:

    Tony is like every other self-interested bastard in that hell hole who is doing this to forward his personal agenda. Old grievances die hard for former OAT supporters.

  6. CJ says:

    Okay, over/under on grievances filed during elections?

  7. Tyler says:

    i believe mecum will impact the elections positively. positively for the student body. i hope it weeds out the campaigns that are taking talking points right out of emma kallaway’s campaign playbook.

  8. dr. x says:

    Tony is a good guy (or at least he seems to be, from having known him for the last two years). Whether he is effective or not, the very fact that he is making an effort and calling attention to the need for accountability is a courageous decision. Sometimes it scares the living shit out of me to think that jokers like the pair that ran for ASUO president in the last election and lost will be our future city council, school board, and state legislature representatives.

  9. Captain Freedom says:

    we should start betting on who they go after first.

  10. Gerri says:

    Mecum’s group could prove to be a serious game-changer. EMU Board Chairman gone Accountability Guru? He is well-liked and has certainly made his presence on campus widely known.

    It seems that the Daily Emerald can only respond so quickly to the ever-so-shifting tides of ASUO Elections. SRG could fill this gap? This could get interesting.

    At any rate, I’m glad to see this shift in campus politics… finally talking about the issues, and not “leaky classrooms”. Way to go Tony! Keep it up.

  11. Cims G says:

    McLain, wow that’s an old campaign. What’s that three years ago or something?

    A watchdog group could be good, though all they could do is petition a grievance or actively campaign against a candidate. If he resigned to join his group, that may mean he is serious and going to make a genuine effort towards fair play. But maybe that will come with a colored lens. Time will tell.

    I don’t know Mr. Mecum, but depending on his views, he could be a loose cannon in this election. There are plenty of reasons for needing oversight and I am not sure where he comes from in terms of why, but I would venture a guess his name may come up alot before the election ends.

    If he is sincere, it will be a long road.

  12. Emily McLain 4 ASUO says:

    Oh Dear God. He’s At It Again. I Remember When He Tanked My Campaign For a Full 24 Hours With One of His Grievances. Good Luck to My Underlings Running for Office. These Bombs of Legal Complaints Hit Hard and Hurt Big.

    Can We Get Any Clarification of Caroline Beranek Being On This Team?

  13. ford says:

    Yes he did. I was at the meeting when he resigned. He’s going to be the full time director of his new group. There’s a motion in the House committee of the EMU board now that would give his group space in the EMU and ifee $$$. If anything, mecum should investigate himself before he wanders over to suite 4!

  14. Jackson says:

    I heard Mecum stepped down from the EMU today ??? That’s what Miller said.

  15. Bridget Smith says:

    Is this a joke? Unless there is a roster for this group’s participants, I don’t buy this at all.

  16. NGA says:

    I like how someone who works for the government will “watch” the government

  17. uhDUH says:

    sooo wouldn’t this group be just as bad as the asuo? regardless any body of PEOPLE (not men you idiots) overlooking another would still be the “bad guy” in your eyes.

    nothing will change.

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