Bobby Franklin can be called many things. He’s an admitted back bencher. His positions are uber-conservative and not subject to compromise. He often doesn’t work well with others. But I’ve never known anyone to call Bobby Franklin a liar.
So when Franklin says that House Majority Leader Jerry Keen has told him “The things we say when we campaign have no bearing on how we govern” (at roughly 8:20 into this clip), I first take him at his word.
And by taking him at his word, I have to believe that Keen told Franklin and the Republican caucus that they have to understand that they will say one thing to get elected, and then do another thing to govern.
I will refer back to the cadet honor code, which still appears to be a bridge too far for this leadership team: “I will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do”.
This quote moves us beyond Rep. Keen tolerating those who do. It is a direct charge that Keen expects his collegues to lie in order to retain power. The worst part of that is that Keen expects House Republicans to lie to us. And he thinks we’re stupid and that we’ll just sit back and take it.
Based on yesterday’s caucus meeting, I’m thinking a majority of House
Republicans think so, too.