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This who's-the-biggest-sap-in-the-Senate debate is getting nasty. Ron Ramsey is obviously irked at his deputy Mark Norris for publicly calling for Paul Stanley's resignation this week. Norris upstaged Ramsey and made him look like a chump, as Pith has observed
. But in Memphis yesterday, Ramsey claimed he told Stanley privately three times to quit.
"I'm not sure Mark Norris ever talked to him, from what I've heard, but I talked to him about three times."
Jackson Baker reports:
The Senate speaker said he had first asked Stanley to resign on Monday and urged that course on Stanley again on Tuesday. "I talked to him three times yesterday [Tuesday], just to kind of walk him through to where I thought he needed to be....He said he wanted to think about it."
We don't know about you, but Pith
isn't impressed. The fact remains Ramsey didn't publicly call for Stanley's resignation. He didn't put his leadership on the line. Instead, he told reporters it wasn't up to him to force Stanley to resign. He doesn't win any medals for bravery by speaking up after Stanley already has quit. He just looks silly.