Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hartford's Political Class shows their lack of integrity

On Tuesday May 12, The state House of Representatives voted to switch from using the Presidential electoral college system to a national popular vote. Initially, the vote and actual tally were in favor of maintaining the electoral college system. Then something happened.

As The Day's Ted Mann explains:

But a funny thing happened on the way to the tally: A mysterious pause, followed by the sudden request of Rep. Peter Tercyak, D-New Britain, for recognition by the chair.

Before Tercyak could even speak, the boos began. They knew what was coming.

Tercyak, tongue firmly planted in cheek, explained that he had benefited from a brief but fruitful discussion in the seconds after the vote was closed (thought not, presumably, in the 2 hours and 15 minutes of debate that preceded it) and now wished to have his vote registered in the affirmative.

...Tercyak remarked that he wished others could have heard the enlightening pep talk he had heard in the moments after House Speaker Christopher Donovan and the Democratic leadership realized their side was going to lose. That is, the tongue-lashing he took from his party leadership instructing him to take one for the team, change his vote and prevent the powerful Democratic majority from losing a battle – even on a bill that obviously has tepid support among Democrats and is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

It's just another reason why America's Political Class needs to be shown the door. And FWIW, I think The Founding Fathers were pretty smart. Acknowledging the results of Gore v. Bush, I have yet to hear a compelling argument to change their original plan.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

You don;t know the real reason the votes changed.

Speaker Donovan said anyone who voted no would be chaffeured home on a cold night by Jim O'Rourke.

I'll pass the Senate too. Don Williams will have any no vote have their tax return prepared by Tom Gaffey

Anonymous said...

and anyone who disagrees will have to listen to Tim repeat himself for hours on end.