It wasn’t to me mind you, but when I went down to sign up to speak on a motion yesterday, I could barely believe myself when I heard House Speaker Bill O’Brien using the F word…in a disparaging term to a Republican leader nonetheless.
So amazed was I that I checked with people who work in the well area (no names please...although by not mentioning anyone maybe they'll all be persecuted as guilty) and was told that yes, they do not recall him using the F word yesterday, but that he has often used it in the past.
So much for civility in the House chambers.
Although he’s not aired the F word over the microphone, those who work in the well have often heard him using it. One can only wonder whether, if put under a lie detector, Major Leader D.J. Bettencourt or his deputy Jasper would admit to having heard such profanity pass the Speaker’s lips. Certainly if those working in the well have heard it, those as close as Deej and Company must have heard it…maybe even the honorable members from Hooksett and/or Weare and Amherst who are just that close.
No, you just can’t make this stuff up.
The advocate of civility is among the most uncivil of all.
Would O’Brien himself pass a lie detector test if asked whether he’s uttered such vile profanities from the well?
One suspects he wouldn’t even try, but the truth is out.
This much I can relate first hand. The Speaker actually threatened me when I signed up to speak. He said, “Don’t you start anything!”
Well…I certainly would have started anything I felt necessary to start. You can’t bully me, Mr. Speaker. However, irony of ironies, in this particular instance, I wanted to speaker in defense of the Speaker when challenged on his ruling about suspension of the rules.
To paraphrase Gilda Radner, “Never mind…”
It’s all right to “start something” by defending the Speaker but apparently not in pointing out his often boorish behavior, including use of the F word…that would be the word which starts with F and end with something rather uky (without the Y of course).
The Speaker yesterday continued to show flaunt his inability to treat all people equally.
He took a Democrat to task for (allegedly) maligning the motives of another Rep but it was perfectly all right when Deej the Republican maligned the motives of Democrats by referring to their “histrionic” behavior.
It’s all right when a Republican maligns, but not when a Democrat does.
It’s all right when a Republican interrupts a speaker with an irrelevant point of order but when a Democrat, like Rep. Gary Richardson, has a legitimate point of order (like he did yesterday when Deej veered totally off course), the Speaker goes into a harangue about not interrupting people (although he admitted Deej was off base).
You can’t make this stuff up…and hopefully we won’t have to report on it for too many more weeks.