Indiana Dem: GOP Needs 'Their Act Together'

Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 07:44 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Indiana State Rep. Ed Delaney, a Democrat, says there is disagreement among the state’s Republican leadership on whether a proposed right-to-work bill, which has caused Democratic lawmakers to flee the state, should remain on the table, and the GOP needs to “get their act together.”

gop, act, together“That's the question. Republicans seem to have disagreement,” Delaney Wednesday told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “Governor [Mitch] Daniels asked from the beginning this topic not be on the agenda. The Republican leader of the House has not complied with the governor's wishes before. We are caught in the middle.

“I'm hoping the governor and speaker will get together, sort this out and give us firm commitments [so] that we are going to get back to dealing with the real problems,” he said. “Governor Daniels said repeatedly, and he is a Republican, he doesn't want this. The speaker has pushed it. They have to get their act together.”

Van Susteren asked whether House Speaker Brian Bosma doesn’t have the right to push the bill and if the Democratic lawmakers, who fled the state, don’t have an obligation to return and vote it up or down.

“He has every right to push the bill,” Delaney . “Ma'am, we are here because the [bill is the] straw that broke the camel's back and of all the radical ideas, this was the last one. We put up with vouchers for education, we put up with it. I voted on everything.

“We also have the right to pause, to caucus, to recess,” he added. “We have a right to push back and take a pause. We'll be back. We don't like it in Urbana [Illinois]. We are not hiding. We are camping out with the press. We are happy to vote.

“We will be back there as sure as I'm sitting here.”

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