The Ohio GOP is too busy fighting among themselves to fight for Ohioans
State Rep. Kirk Schuring’s tenure as the top guy in the Ohio House isn’t going too well. Since taking over as interim speaker, he’s been so ineffective as even a temporary placeholder that even though it’s been 53 days since former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned in disgrace:
- There’s still no real speaker;
- The House have voted on exactly zero bills since Rosenberger left Schuring in charge;
- 160 bills are currently languishing, waiting for a vote by the full House; and
- Ohio taxpayers will have paid a minimum of $920,212 for the salaries of state representatives who literally have either sat on their hands or been squabbling instead of getting things done.
So Schuring and the rest of the Republicans aren’t being as productive as they could be, to say the least. In fact, their complete lack of work ethic may even be unconstitutional.
This historical impasse can be blamed to a war of egos within the Ohio GOP and Schuring’s complete inability to control it. Rep. Larry Householder, who held the speakership until he was investigated by the FBI, has a few legislative fans of his who refuse to support Rep. Ryan Smith, who has overwhelmingly more support but seems to be just shy of the necessary votes.
Schuring clearly had no idea how to handle this crisis. First, he didn’t even consider holding a vote on the new speaker until after the primaries – almost a month after Rosenberger resigned.
Second, Schuring demanded that he not hold a vote until a candidate received 50 Republican votes. Sidelining the minority party seems like a good political ploy…unless the majority can’t figure their sh*t and the whole mess becomes literally all their fault.
Third, Schuring hasn’t been able to contain all the very-public name-calling and bullying the two sides keep inflicting on each other. Smith literally told legislators to talk to the authorities about Householder’s “controversial” persuasion methods *cough* extortion *cough*, and then told the press about it.
Like any “good” leader, Schuring has gotten sick of all the fighting and, after 7 weeks, is putting his foot down by leading from behind: he asked his fellow legislators to consider a deadline (5 pm TODAY, June 1) to tell him what to do.
Clearly, this guy is better at climbing the ladder by purposefully ignoring his boss’s pay-to-play scheme than leading a pack of bickering children…er, sorry, “legislators.”
Maybe, someday, those legislators will pass laws. But don’t hold your breath.