"I think its important that we subdue our passions here today... and not be influenced by friendships, or maybe enemies or parties."
"I think it it would be a far greater injury to this House and this institution to cast this vote in private."
He says Gates' no contest plea to not filing or paying his taxes "put the onus" on the House to expel him.
Shepherd says its "an internal House matter." And that the law does not require members to go through any other body.
He starts with a joke about how he was told in his Freshman session that the House "is not about you."
No one laughed.
Again no one laughed.