In the mid-90s, a similar battle was joined. When then-Ways and Means Chairman Tom Finneran lacked the votes to win within the Democratic Party, he turned to the Republicans for help, in a shrewd, unexpected, last-minute gambit. Finneran won.
The Republicans gained little from their stand with Finneran, but ultimately, the Democratic Party was the biggest loser. Finneran’s move, coupled with the harsh punishment he dealt out to all who has opposed him, led to ongoing internal split in the Democratic Party, culminating in Finneran’s moves to torpedo Democratic Attorney General Scott Harshbarger’s campaign for Governor.
Perhaps the time has come for Democratic City and Town Committees across the state to bring forth resolutions, instructing their legislators to only vote for a candidate for speaker who promises to uphold the Democratic Party Platform (a progressive document) and who forswears seeking or accepting Republican votes in the leadership battle.
What should we be doing?