(A former state representative colleague of Jones weighs in – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
It used to be that the Minority Leader was the leader of the opposition. Maybe we should change it to Minority Cheerleader, because it seems there is no limit to the ridiculous things Brad Jones is willing to do to curry favor with Speaker DeLeo.
When DeLeo stuffs $25M into an emergency appropriations bill for improvements to the House chamber without even getting a professional estimate of the nature and extent of the repairs needed, GOOD Republican Geoff Diehl responds the way we’d expect from a member of the opposition party: with common sense and factual accuracy:
“The state doesn’t even have a scope of the project, specs, or bids, yet they allocate $20 million more of your money, despite the ‘crisis’ with roads and bridges,” Diehl wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday.
But not the Minority Cheerleader:
But Representative Bradley H. Jones Jr., the House Republican leader, said he believes it is important to restore the ornate chamber, which was built in 1895 and is paneled in Honduran mahogany.
He said the chamber has faded carpeting and water-damaged murals, and needs a more modern voting system.
“You can’t help but walk in and notice it,” Jones said. “I’ve had visitors, constituents, whatever, say, ‘What’s going on up there?’ Whether that requires $20 million, whether it requires more or less, I don’t know. I’m not an expert in that area. But I do know some amount of money needs to be spent making some, I would say, protective improvements.”
He doesn’t know what the problems are or their costs of repair but what the hell, something needs fixin’, so might as well get that $20M teed up before we investigate.
Because everyone knows that the Democratic majority won’t spend one penny more than what’s necessary, and they’ll look for ways to return the surplussage to the coffers.
What an embarrassment.