December 31, 2006

THE LATE TIDE JUST KEEPS BREAKIN':

Democrat gives GOP Pa. House majority: Stunning switch by representative from Reading is aimed at depriving DeWeese of top job (Tom Barnes, December 31, 2006, Post-Gazette)

A Democratic legislator from Reading stunned his colleagues yesterday by announcing he will support Republican John Perzel for House speaker rather than Democrat H. William DeWeese.

State Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone wrote to the other 101 Democrats in the House, criticizing Mr. DeWeese's "petty'' and "vindictive'' way of running the Democratic caucus and calling Mr. Perzel "a man of his word'' who is "open, inclusive and fair.''

If Mr. Perzel holds on to all 101 Republican House members -- which is not a certainty -- he would eke out a 102-101 victory over Mr. DeWeese on Tuesday, the opening day of the 2007-08 session. The Waynesburg Democrat has been hoping to regain the powerful speaker's post, which held in 1993-94.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2006 2:14 PM
Comments

A rare bit of good news---got a good chuckle out of this one. May the dems choke to death on their own bile, is my new year's toast....

Posted by: TheManTheMyth at December 31, 2006 6:27 PM
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