In tomorrow’s attempted ‘hit’ on treasurer Dale Folwell, many of the gutless denizens of Jones Street will demonstrate their love for the special interest dollar and hatred of the spotlight.
Here is the membership of the Health Committee.
Greg Murphy (R-Pitt) is the senior chairman, while there are also a number of co-chairmen. TWO of the co-chairmen, Donna White of Johnston County (R) and Josh “International Travel for Legislative Duties” Dobson (R), are also co-sponsors of the bill aiming to clip Folwell’s wings.
A little further down the line, you’ll see that freshman Bobby Hanig (R-Currituck) is also on the committee. (He is also co-sponsoring the anti-Folwell legislation.) William Brisson (R-Bladen), also a co-sponsor of the bill, is also on the committee.
It’s my understanding that the votes are THERE on the committee to pass this thing and stick it to Folwell. The big question is will they get away with hiding behind a voice vote, as opposed to a roll call vote where they raise their hands and go on record?
It’s always been my opinion that — if you’re going to be A WHORE — you should stand up and be proud of it. On Tuesday, raise your hand proudly and proclaim: “Yes! Yes! Yes, I was bought off by lobbyists! Yes, I’m A WHORE for special interest cash! And I LOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!”
*You’ll feel so much better. * (And it’ll make it so much easier for us to figure out WHO specifically we need to focus all of our frustration, anger, and rage upon.)
People give individual committee chairmen too much credit. If you like your senior chairmanship, you DO what House (or senate) leaders tell you to do. Those co-chairmen are in place to smack you back into line if legislative leadership feels you’re showing too much independence.
(This is one of the main reasons that independent souls like Larry Pittman and Mike Speciale DON’T GET COMMITTEE CHAIRMANSHIPS. )
Stuff makes it to committee for action because the senior leaders of the chamber’s majority want it to move forward.
It’s important to force the weasels to NOT hide behind a voice vote. Again, here is the list.
You’ve got a little over 24 hours to get in their faces and remind them of their duties to their constituents. What does it say when the alleged party of fiscal responsibility is waging war on an elected official seeking to implement some honest-to-goodness fiscal responsibility?
If they STILL pull the voice vote crap and pass this thing, just primary the WHOLE CREW on this health committee. (Don’t let any of them get away with nonsense like, say, “I whispered ‘No’ as loud as I could.’)
Don’t leave any of them standing and reelected when the smoke clears on Election Day. They’re not worth it.
Voting for this is a rejection of the conservative mission we elected them to accomplish starting in 2010.