Monitors Morality Lobbyists once handed out $10,000 checks on the floor of the state senate. Now former Congresswoman BARBARA JORDAN is trying to clean up Texas government.

Q. Your new post as Governor Ann Richards' special counsel on ethics is unique in this country, probably the world. What's the purpose of the job?

A. I am the ethics guru. I question the Governor's proposed appointees about matters that are ethically sensitive, help raise their sensitivity quotient. It's the things that are not blatant that get you into trouble. This is not just an initial push and then you forget about it, but a constant companion for the duration.

Q. Have you done any good yet?

A. In screening appointments, I counseled against the appointment of one individual, who...

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