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September 05, 2003

Another Reason Whitmire Should have Stayed in NM

By Byron LaMasters

Today, Sen Whitmire decided that he would stay in Texas for good:

Sen. John Whitmire ended all speculation today that he might once again break for the state's border and deny Republicans the vote they need to have a Senate quorum on congressional redistricting.

"I intend to fight redistricting on the Senate floor. I will be here," said Whitmire, D-Houston, in a news conference on the Senate floor.

So you'd think that Republicans here would be embracing him, right? They talked so much about how much they wanted their collegues back. Well they got one back, and what do they do?

Sen. Whitmire originally planned to hold his news conference in the Lieutenant Governor's Press Conference Room. But a resolution passed by Senate Republicans last month barred him from using that room until he paid $57,000 in fines for breaking the Senate's quorum.

"It's a sad day when a senator can't use the press room," Whitmire said.

Instead of embracing Sen. Whitmire and asking to work with him, Republicans decide to treat him like crap. The message? The Republicans in power are not interested in negotiating. They'll do whatever it takes, legal or illegal, precedented or unprecedented to get what they want. Republicans have set the tone both in Texas and in Washington. Democrats have a choice. They can lay down and take it, or we can fight like hell. How long will it take for us to get it?

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 5, 2003 03:02 PM | TrackBack


I think he may have to also wear, pursuant to a Senate motion, a "Kick Me Repeatedly in My Stupid Ass" sign for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: Norbizness at September 5, 2003 03:41 PM


Posted by: TX Pundit at September 5, 2003 04:05 PM

Oh, puh-lease!

From Thursday's Dallas Morning News:

"'I have no doubt that he will be rewarded upon his return to Austin by those whom he serves,' Mr. Shapleigh said."

Look me in the eye and tell me that if Lt. Gov. Dewhurst had suddenly waived all the fines and penalties against only Sen. Whitmire, his Dem colleagues wouldn't have cried "Quisling! Collusion!" all the louder. (And you with them.)

Posted by: Beldar at September 6, 2003 12:56 AM

We're supposed to embrace him for doing his job?

Heck, I've got like 3 jobs and I show up every day. Where's my hug?

Posted by: Rob Booth (Slightly Rough) at September 6, 2003 09:06 AM
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