We published a brief anecdote last Thursday, of the growing animosity within the legislative Republican members. Sadly, the problem is only getting worse. It seems a House leader (Chris Kannady) took Rep. Mike Ritze to task for wondering if freshman representative Josh West's brutish behavior (persistent screaming at Ritze in the hallways) was associated with a Post Traumatic Stress condition. It seems that a physician legislator like Ritze is considered by leadership to be offensive when asking the agitator if his rage is medically-related, even while West was persisting in his verbal tirade
But West took to the internet to continue his insults later in the week. He sat down to type a dissertation of of most of those associated with the House Platform Caucus. For their part, the Platform Caucus and former Senator Tom Coburn have limited their dissent to the actual process and generally mentioned no one by name.
Not one of the Republicans who opposed the February Tax Package returned the insults when Rep. Leslie Osborn stood on the House floor and told them that "they don't love children or old people" because they wouldn't pass the bloated taxes to be imposed on the working poor.
Speaker Charles McCall stood at the diaz for his speech following Osborn and refused to reprimand the damaging words which violate the rules of decorum for the House. Nor would he repreimand her for using the govt. microphone and state auditorium for a campaign speech, calling for the primary challenges to each 'no' vote on yet another tax plan.
Josh West, by contrast; continued a written series of very caustic disparagements, which he published on Good Friday....