Well, one of his constituents does. Wouldn't you know it? Blue Girl in a Red State called out Holt on her blog yesterday and spoke to her representative from Hawaii by phone. He pointed out his vote isn't needed in Nashville this week. Republicans easily can pass their redistricting bills and maul Democrats without him. So what's the problem?
Now, Mr. Holt has returned my call, from Hawaii, answering all of my questions in a typical know-it-all can't be wrong fashion. He kept reiterating the fact that since he is in the majority party in the Legislature, and that he was given blessings from Speaker Harwell to miss this week. When I asked about redistricting and other votes this week he said that his vote didn't really matter (not something I want to hear from my Rep) because the minority party would not be getting any changes that they want in terms of redistricting. ...
Frankly, I don't care who you received blessings from. You were voted in. stupidly in my opinion, by the residents of the 76th and your concern is competing for a 2012 Chevy Silverado or 2012 GMC Sierra as well as fully paid registration for next year's convention in Grand Rapids.
Update: We are informed that Rep. Holt can legally accept all of this generosity from the Farm Bureau as long as he's receiving it because he's a fabulous pig farmer and not because the Farm Bureau wishes to curry favor with him as a legislator. That's the word from state Bureau of Ethics director Drew Rawlins. We are certain the Farm Bureau's motives are pure.