I find it distasteful to be so down on a fellow Republican, but I cannot help but be with news like this, as noted originally by Peach Pundit.
House Speaker Glenn Richardson stripped Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, of his elite position as a House ‘hawk” and booted him out of his Capitol office Friday for voting to support the re-election of DOT Chairman Mike Evans to his seat on the board.
More punishment may be in the offing for 9th District House members who voted for Evans, Clelia Davis, a spokeswoman for Richardson, said.
She said the House leadership backed Richardson in imposing discipline on the caucus.
“The Speaker made the decision and the House leadership fully supported it,” she said.
The position of Hawk carries high prestige in the House. A hawk can drop in on any committee and cast a vote to help or defeat a bill for the leadership when the vote is close.
The Speaker has presided over a frat house, not a legislative house. He’s dished out discipline when someone fails to line up with him on ancillary issues1. He has tried to put his friends in plumb positions. And he has failed.
There surely has to be a Republican more competent, able to keep his pants on around female lobbyists, and more mature than the present Speaker of the House.
Having been one of the few elected local officials on the verge of supporting his tax plan, I now stand in opposition to it. It would be a dangerous day for the state were we to accede to this man’s tax plan — a plan that would give him even more power.
Glenn Richardson has proven he cannot be trusted with the power of his office. He uses it for too many small minded purposes. And small minded leaders are dangerous creatures.
I can see enforcing party discipline on issues directly relevant to the office, but the DOT Board positions are wholly ancillary to anything other than the Speaker trying to stack positions in third party organizations for his own interests. Enforce party line on veto overrides? Yes, legitimate to the clout of the party and legislative body. Enforce a vote to pick off one of the Speaker’s rivals? An ancillary issue only given prominence by the Speaker’s own personal pettiness.