The federal thieves conveneThat merry band of thieves that will henceforth be known as the 110th Congress is gaveling into session as I write this. Members have brought their wives, children, and other family members in toe-the freshmen no doubt wanting their kin to witness their rite of passage from hometown boy or girl to an agent of federal fraud, lying, and theft. At this very second, I am watching the House vote for Speaker, and in a few minutes we will see if Heath Shuler keeps the promise he made to his constituents of North Carolina's 11th District: He promised during his campaign for the House that he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House.
Lincoln Davis (D-Tennessee 4th) votes Pelosi-that may not seem surprising but considering the conservative reputation he has tried to build with Tennessee voters over the years, it is-at least somewhat. With rumors that he may seek the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2010 abounding, you would think he would try and protect his hide and abstain from the vote for Speaker.
Poor John Boehner-I feel badly for the man because this couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I've met him a couple of times and I have long believed (ironically enough) that he would make a great Speaker of the House long before the whole Mark Foley mess broke open. I remember telling Stacey Campfield that I wanted to see John Boehner elected Speaker of the House one day. I think it is a shame that he must hold the bag for Dennis Hastert's negligence as Speaker. At least I can still hold out some fleeting hope that Boehner will one day hold the gavel-though I doubt this will happen.
Heath Shuler has voted...how fitting that he begins his first day as a member of the U.S. House by confirming his first lie to his constituents.
Huddleston's blog entry on Shuler and the Asheville Citizen-Times article on the controversy.