Frank McNulty’s House of Pain

The AP reports, bring the noise:

The Republican caucus elected Rep. Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch to lead the House, where the GOP appears poised to win a razor-thin, 33-32 majority.

House Democrats said some votes still haven’t been counted, but acknowledged they would probably lose the majority.

State Bill Colorado adds:

Amy Stephens, R-Monument, as expected, was voted as the Republicans’ House majority leader.

In another important vote, Sen. Kent Lambert was voted by his caucus to the Joint Budget Committee. Al White, who previously served, wasn’t renominated.

Replacing the eminently reasonable Sen. Al White on the Joint Budget Committee with firebrand conservative Kent Lambert…isn’t going to make their work any easier, folks. We’ll soon learn just what an understatement that probably is. It looks like White has joined Don Marostica on the “RINO” bench, which is objectively bad for everybody who prefers grownup solutions.

In the meantime, check out the big title on McNulty! From what we know of some of the friends he brought with him to the new House majority, people will be reminding McNulty of his new title a lot.

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Car 31 says:

    As usual, here’s a prime opportunity for a party to show leadership. Over the last years with the Dems controlling the legislature, Republicans have relied on stonewalling and introducing partisan bills they knew would not survive. They made few, if any, attempts to work these bills into actual legislation.

    Will the Republicans take this opportunity to try and actually solve problems, or will they rely on reaching into the rubbish bin and reintroduce the radical agenda?

    Lambert?! Fuggetaboutit!

    IMHO, the choices made for House leadership and the JBC show that the Republican party continues to nurture their partisanship instead of recognizing the opportunity they now hold.

    Waller and Murray are reasonable folks, but Stephens and Nikkel are firebrands with little or no interest in governance.

    On a personal note, it is very, very sad to see Al White off the JBC and relegated to the sidelines. He is one of their best members, as was Marostica.

    • droll says:

      I don’t like the idea that the Party of No keeps at it to the extent that they stall government at a state and national level, so I won’t assume they’ll do it.  Not like I have a say at this point anyway, right?  Here’s naively hoping.

      Spot on for the whole post though.  (Sighs for White)

  2. ThillyWabbit says:

    That does seem to be the Republican modus operandi these days.

  3. Ellie says:

    the Republican leadership (such as it is) has effectively pushed and shoved every reasonable Republican I have had the privilege of working with out of the way save Ellen Roberts.  I hope she survives the onslaught.  

  4. Ignatius O'Reilly says:

    he’ll hire Al White, a good guy more interested in solving problems than destructive politics. Plus, putting him on the cabinet would give Dems a chance to win that seat.

  5. Meiner49er says:

    What word do you think Frank Luntz will come up with to substitute for the words “tax” or “fee?”


  6. If the new GOP House leadership pushes the whole thing so far right it’s dysfunctional, can a party switch force a new leadership vote?

    • Voyageur says:

      Speaker of the House is technically elected by the whole body.  And in fact, the new majority isn’t even seated until January.  But I’m not sure you could find a House R ready to switch and Al White switching would only buttress the existing Dem majority in the Senate.

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