I gotta say, after being screwed royally by what’s passing for “leadership” in the Republican Assembly Caucus before the start of the session, conservatives have done their best to accept the reality of their situation and have been publicly cooperative and generally muted about how Speaker-of-the-Weak John Hambrick and Speaker-in-Reality Paul Anderson have managed (or mismanaged, as the case may be) the session so far.
But you can only push, pull, bully and threaten people so far before they reach the breaking point.
Freshman Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman (R-Clark) reached that point this week.
The long and short of it is this: Seaman had a bill that she put a lot of time and effort into. Judiciary Chairman Ira Hansen (R-Washoe) killed it by not even bringing it up for a committee vote before the deadline last Friday.
An exchange of angry words then occurred in his office during which Hansen said to Seaman something to the effect of “If you were a man I’d punch you in the face.”
I mean, if Hansen would punch drama-queen Assemblyman Chris “Let’s Make a Deal” Edwards in the face, why should he treat Ms. Seaman differently just because she’s a woman, right? Whatever happened to gender equality?
But I digress.
In any event, Seaman privately took her beef with Hansen to the entire caucus on Tuesday, reading a prepared statement detailing what Hansen did and said.
Caucus leaders then assured her they were going to handle the situation and put out a public statement condemning Hansen’s use of threatening language and his general bullying behavior.
But as is par for this lame course, the statement put out late Thursday night was nothing more than Grade A political pabulum that not only didn’t yank up Hansen by the britches, but actually left open whether it was Hansen or Seaman herself who perpetrated the inappropriate behavior!
In fact, I’m told Seaman wasn’t even given the courtesy of seeing the release before the caucus leaders leaked it to Jon Ralston (D-UI), Nevada’s #2 liberal blogger-with-a-taxpayer-subsidized-TV-show.
Realizing that playing nice in the sandbox and working through “proper” channels didn’t get her doodley-squat, Seaman then issued her own response to the caucus leaders’ response to Hansen’s behavior.
“Frankly, nothing short of a public apology from Chairman Hansen for using such threatening and inappropriate language is acceptable,” Seaman wrote. “And under the circumstances I ask our caucus leaders to right this wrong by finding a way to bring my bill to the floor of the Assembly for consideration.”
Something tells me the toothpaste is now out of the tube and all the governor’s horse and all the governor’s men ain’t gonna be able to put it back in.
By the way, Jonny Boy has the full text of all three documents on his #2 liberal blog. You can read them by clicking here.