Turner Retains the House Democratic Caucus Chair



Though he faced stiff opposition from Rep. Johnny Shaw of Bolivar, Mike Turner had enough votes to remain the chair of the House Democratic Caucus when it was up for vote on Wednesday.

According to WPLN, Shaw was advocating a more conciliatory stance toward the Republicans, saying, "We’ve got to find a way to work with people even if they disagree with us and even if we don’t get what we want."

And Turner is ... well ... Turner. It wouldn't surprise me if his middle name were "Irreconcilable."

It's not that I don't appreciate Shaw's sentiment, but the "best" example we had last session of a Democrat and a Republican working together was when G.A. Hardaway and Stacey Campfield went on a crusade to rewrite laws pertaining to child custody — a crusade so bizarre that one legislator finally confronted Hardaway and asked him, "I just want to ask, is this a bill that helps you personally with child support?"

That legislator? Johnny Shaw.

I'm just saying — if common ground is found only in instances such as Hardaway helping Campfield with his annual barrage of "Protecting You From Lying Bitchez" legislation, then it's for the best that Democrats don't try to find a way to work with Republicans.

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