More On McCoy’s Statement

Earlier today, on the eve of a crucial vote in the Senate on redistricting, Speaker Billy McCoy unleashed a tirade saying he will ignore what that chamber does and consider the House maps law as they have passed the House.

McCoy said he has no interest in conferencing with the Senate, and as far as he is concerned the matter is settled and apparently going to the Justice Department for review and- in McCoy’s mind- eventual implementation.

Here is some more on the statement and events surrounding it:

** This was obviously meant to be a threat to Senate Republican to simply Concur with the House version of JR 201. Honestly, I don’t see how statements like this do anything but strengthen Republican resistance to the House plan in the Senate. If you were a Republican Senator who was on the fence; how do you now vote for McCoy on this?

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