Expect a movement to De Republican Kent Williams in the next few days. I doubt he will serve as "The first Republican speaker" for long. The State executive committee is already moving toward action. Many of the state officers were on hand to see the betrayal and were quite mad. Kent lied to many of them as well by promising to vote for Jason.
He had an earlier temper tantrum when we were called for recess after the roll call. Dems asked for a recess to "Take pictures". When we went to caucus one of our members said "What a bunch of liars. Not a single person was taking pictures. What is this all about?"
Kent lost it He was over the top irrational about it to the point people were all trying to calm him down. He started screaming "Don't you call them liars! They aren't liars!"
Well, I guess it takes one to know one.
Many Democrats lost a lot of trust with the Republicans as well today. I can't count the times I heard over the years "Well, if we get close or get to 50 so and so will be with us." We can all see how that went when they all voted first. 0 Democrat cross over. It was all about power.
You can't trust them.
Some of them had even pledged to vote for Jason before the election. Where were they when it counted? There are no more of their strong caucus supporters. They are now silent. They even had a chance to vote for Beth Harwell against Lois "Nickles" DeBerry. A clear and easy choice away from the old corruption of the past and what many would say is a very bi partisan Republican. We see where they fell. Another Williams lie.
Word is as Kent was hiding behind the desk with Naifeh as the vote for speaker pro tem was going on was even overheard saying "I am not voting for any @#$! Republicans." Supposedly a mike was on with out his knowledge. Not surprising since he obviously had little clue what was going on as speaker. He even had Naifeh run things for him. How appropriate. After speaking with many Republicans They say they would have preferred to have Naifeh as speaker. At least he had a clue what was going on and would call on people. Kent was blatantly ignoring people when they were asking to be recognised. When he did recognize them he was rude and had no clue how to respond to simple questions.
The Dems just elected someone who just got out of the freshman class to lead the house. Scary for our state.