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News flash for Roy Herron: Voting like a Republican in the Senate might have worked nicely for you so far in your little political career, but it will cause you trouble in a statewide Democratic primary. This week, Herron has been forced to phone liberal bloggers Ilissa Gold
and Sean Braisted
to try to explain what the hell he was thinking when he voted for the Republican resolution urging Congress to reject the pro-union Employee Free Choice Act
. In an email to bloggers, he explained that he switched his vote to no and claimed his first vote was just a little bit of confusion on his part. He was distracted and pushed the wrong button.
Then it came out that he also voted for the resolution in committee, and he was forced to explain himself again. This time, he said he voted for it in committee without really understanding what it meant. OK, senator, but that raises questions about whether you're living on this planet. Democrats and unions all over the country are making a big push for passage of this legislation, and you were clueless?
We think Herron actually hasn't been trying to figure out what he thinks about this legislation. He's been trying to figure out whether voting for it is a good or bad thing for his gubernatorial campaign. Let's see, do we want labor support or business contributions? We can't resist this: Herron actually did vote for it before he voted against it.
P.S. Roy, please don't call because we don't want to hear it.