Assemblyman Pat “The Appeaser” Hickey could not have been happy watching Hambrick be officially elected Speaker of the Assembly for the 2015 session.
As the GOP Minority Leader, Hickey was the heir apparent when the ballots were counted on Election Day in November and Republicans won the majority for the first time since 1985.
But thanks to me exposing Hickey’s go-along-to-get-along “leadership” style, as well as his liberal voting record, combined with conservative Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s efforts to rally conservatives in the caucus, Hickey was kicked to the curb in a caucus vote in November and Assemblyman Ira Hansen was elected Speaker-designate.
Hansen would subsequently step down. And Fiore then rallied conservative caucus members to elect Hambrick Speaker-designate. Hambrick subsequently bit the hand the fed him and double-crossed the conservatives who brung him to the dance by unilaterally removing Fiore from her elected position of Majority Leader, as well as chair of the Taxation Committee.
But back to The Appeaser…
Prior to the start of the official festivities Monday morning, Hickey released a blog post taking a lame, juvenile shot at both me and Fiore…
“Finally, there is no truth to the rumor… That Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is going to nominate from the Floor sometime-Republican Chuck Muth as Assembly Speaker. It is true that the deposed wannabe Majority Leader considered such a move. However, she concluded that because Muth already decides virtually all of her votes, it isn’t necessary to elevate the libertarian bloviator to a position of importance he has coveted ever since losing his only legislative race to Dina Titus in 1996.”
This poor guy just can’t get over “what might have been” had it not been for me and Michele taking him down. Extremely bitter. Extremely vindictive. Fuming inside, dying to explode.
Indeed, as we passed each other in the hall on his way to the Assembly chamber, I said something to the effect of, “Hey, Pat, are you still pouting?” To which he replied something along the line of, “Boy, have you gotten fat.”
What a class act. Can’t imagine why his colleagues chose to dump him from his leadership role in the caucus.