Sen. Doug Ericksen should break his Cambodia deal or step down

On the heels of a narrow re-election last fall, state Sen. Doug Ericksen blew through a gauntlet of warnings in March to ink a $500,000-a-year consulting contract with the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Despite his apparent ability to shrug off criticism from so many quarters, he should end his relationship with the controversial nation or step down from the Senate.

The Ferndale Republican said the firm he co-owns with ex-Rep. Jay Rodne works internationally to reduce human- and drug-trafficking, and bolster anti-terrorism efforts. He has also said his role is boosting trade, not politics, and that he will not work for Cambodia within Washington.

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