Remember the good old days when elected officials were blindly loyal to party and were not torn with angst over whether to vote with leadership? Well those who want to prosper in the system still do that for the most part, but some curious statements in the Daily Enterprise by our Congressman cause some head scratchin' with the partisan crowd.
Rep. Bill Owens says he may vote for John Boehner for Speaker in January...but he also says he conditionally supports Nancy Pelosi and did not oppose her in conference when she was challenged for the post of minority leader.
Just so you know, Speaker of the House is a constitutional position unlike leadership roles. All members vote on the speaker and the rule of thumb is all the GOP votes Boehner and all the Dems vote for the leader they selected in caucus, in this case Ms. Pelosi.
Obviously Mr. Boehner wins and becomes Speaker.
The ADE suggests Mr. Owens is trynig to have it both ways. Mr. Owens was only recently registered as a Democrat, so he may not be as familiar with protocol as those longer marinated in the party.
An aside....I just heard Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) say on FOX he voted against Ms. Pelosi in conference and will again on January 3.
Owens Wants It Both Ways