Nov 14, 2006

Ward bails on colleagues

News Flash, both MIRS and Gongwer both report Chris Ward was elected House Minority Floor Leader after both parties caucused most of the day on Tuesday, despite Ward taking himself out of any leadership consideration the day before. I’m not sure what this means, other than the Republicans have no plans to practice any form of bipartisanship for the next two years.

According to the subscription only Gongwer News, Chris Ward is taking his ball and going home because the Republicans lost control of the House, and because he can no longer be the House Majority Floor Leader he doesn’t wan to the be the Minority Floor Leader.

“Late Monday Mr. Ward sent a letter to his colleagues saying he would not seek re-election as floor leader or election to any other House Republican leadership post.”

Apparently, Mr. Ward’s heavy-handed tactics while Majority Floor Leader are coming home to roost, and he recognizes with the arrogant and sarcastic way he treated Representatives on the other side of the aisle there was no use for him to try and pretend to work with the majority party. Obviously, this means even less influence for Livingston County lawmakers in Lansing.

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