Tuesday, January 2, 2007

If a Rally Falls in the Forest...?

10:30 a.m.

Democrats had planned a big rally in the Capitol Rotunda at 10 this morning to protest Rep. Thomas Caltagirone's decision to vote for Republican John M. Perzel as speaker.

It never materialized.

Rep. Bill DeWeese (D., Greene) who was in line for the speaker's job, wasn't there. Nor was T.J. Rooney, the chairman of the State Democratic Party.

Instead, Mike Morrill, a former Green Party gubernatorial candidate, took the mike, blasting Caltagirone for what he called political "bait and switch."

The only other speaker was Rep.-elect Barbara McIlvaine Smith (D., Chester) whose long-delayed victory tipped the balance of power to the Democrats.

"We worked very hard in Chester County to be that one deciding vote," she said. " ... Today, we should be celebrating, and I tell you that my heart is pounding in my chest because what should have been may not be."

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