By Jeff Woods
on Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 9:53 AM
A new era of civility has dawned in the state House of Representatives. Just kidding. In this morning's session, right off the bat, Rep. Brian Kelsey, the Republican grandstander who thought he was going to chair the Judiciary Committee, called on new Speaker Kent Williams to resign and run in a special election as an independent or a Democrat or whatever, just not as a Republican. First, Kelsey apologized to Williams for their little tiff yesterday (as chronicled in the above video). But Kelsey apparently didn't really feel very sorry.
Kelsey read a Bible verse, the meaning of which escaped us, and then said, "Mr. Speaker I fear that personal ambition was put ahead of the good of citizenry yesterday and it was done by a member of this body. We all make mistakes, Mr. Speaker, and I certainly make as many as anyone. But I feel this mistake can be corrected. ... I call upon you to resign and come back and run as an independent or a Democrat. That's my call to you this morning, Mr. Speaker. Thank you."
Wiliams' reply? "Any other personal orders?" he asked the House. Update: Williams responds: "You know, we could debate that for two hours, Kelsey and me, we've had several debates. That's silly, you know, and Representative Kelsey I respect, but he comes up with a lot of silly ideas, so, that's just another one of them."