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* House Republicans have been avoiding taking stands on bill after bill this year. But this is the first time I can remember a newspaper calling a member out on it. From the Southern Illinoisan…
State Rep. Terri Bryant is doing her damnedest to amass the most milquetoast legislative voting record possible. Her middling quest for ambiguity is a disservice to voters and her office alike.
Bryant, R-Murphysboro, yet again refused to pick a side Wednesday night when House Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of SB 1229, legislation more concerned with empowering union bosses than serving the state.
The freshman Republican was in the chamber when the override died. She just didn’t cast a vote. Any vote. None. The roll merely registers Bryant as “no vote.”
Strong stand, indeed.
It’s just the most recent addition to a disturbing pattern taking shape since Bryant took office in January.
Put simply, she too often goes AWOL when strident leadership is most required. Right-to-work zones: present. July’s temporary budget: no vote.
Go read the whole thing. It’s quite harsh.
And considering all the grief that Rep. Ken Dunkin has taken this week for skipping Wednesday’s session, it’s about time other folks who refused to hit a button right in front of them took a bit of heat as well.
Frankly, I don’t care how a legislator votes, as long as it’s reasonably consistent with their own ideology and/or their districts. But when you skip a vote, you’ve crossed over into unacceptable behavior.
posted by Rich Miller
Friday, Sep 4, 15 @ 12:35 pm
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