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Pat Hickey: Tough as a Pudding Pop

In 2012, Democrat assembly candidate Andrew Martin was ruled by a judge ineligible to run for his assembly district because he didn’t live in his assembly district.  Go figure.

The Democrat majority in the Assembly seated him anyway, without a peep of protest from GOP Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey.

A week ago, Democrat assembly candidate Meghan Smith was similarly declared ineligible to run in AD-34 this year.  When asked about whether or not she would rule out the possibility of seating Smith anyway next session, Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick replied, “Why would we do that?”

Indeed, since the court ruling came too late to have Smith’s name removed from the ballot, there is certainly a possibility that Smith could still “win” the election on November 4th even though a judge ruled her as ineligible to run.  And if she does, Kirkpatrick and the Democrats are likely to seat her.

Having been burned once before and rolling over as a patsy in the Martin brouhaha, surely Hickey won’t stand for it again, right?

Asked by the Las Vegas Review-Journal “what he would do in Kirkpatrick’s place,” Hickey replied cutely, “I’m not in Marilyn’s shoes.”

What a weenie.

That was the perfect opportunity to draw a line in the sand. Something a true opposition leader would do, especially when holding the moral high ground.

“We stood by and allowed such an injustice in 2013 because it was the first time something like this had happened and, frankly, I’m a wimp,” Hickey could have said, but didn’t. “But Republicans will not allow such a thing to happen again in 2015 without serious consequences, which will poison the entire legislative session.  If Democrats unwisely choose this path, it’ll be on their heads.”

Instead, Hickey said, “We want to see what happens in that race before we have discussions about the outcome.”

What a weenie.