Thread👇🏼 Well, we got committees today. I had been told by Dem leadership, who talked to GOP leadership, that I wouldn't be getting anything I wanted.
I didn't vote for the speaker or the Secretary of State and I call out folks on social media for voting on bad bills or saying icky or racist stuff. I'll be honest, sometimes I feel like I am still teaching teens with behavioral disorders😉
If I was in the US Senate I wouldn't vote for Mitch McConnell and I would bet you $100 if Cameron Sexton was in the US House he wouldn't vote for Nancy Pelosi. We don't share the same values--I think healthcare is a right, he does not, and so on....
Pretty simple stuff, I am not casting a vote for someone who says BLM is the same as the insurrectionists in DC, I just can't do it, not even for my most favorite committee.
And he should put people where their strengths are for the good of the state, not because they bend to his will, that's not leadership.
But here is the problem for him, I like Gov Ops, you get to deal with a wide variety of issues and learn a whole lot of cool stuff. Also Naming and Designating got pretty interesting with all the Nathan Bedford Forrest related issues.
Last session it became pretty important and I don't expect that to go away this session. Sure, I think I should be on the education committee, but he chose not to use my experience, it says far more about him than it does about me.
So the moral of the story is-do what's right, even if they will try to kick you for it, you sleep at night and you can look at yourself in the mirror in the morning as you get up and head out the door to fight for working folks.
Oh, and the FBI doesn't show up at your door while you're in your bathrobe!q

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