Assembly Speaker John Hambrick has voted for exactly the same number of taxes as his would-be replacement in the Legislature, Jim Marchant: zero.
So isn’t the ongoing campaign to recall Hambrick from office (and, potentially, replace him with Marchant) a bit premature?
Proponents say no, because Hambrick has indicated he’s willing to break the no-tax pledge that he signed back in 2010. He told me that if Republicans could pass merit pay for teachers, a school voucher law and Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Read by 3 initiative, he’d vote for the taxes necessary to pay for school reforms.
“If we can get all that, I’ll take the hit on the tax pledge,” he said.
But that’s still a big “if.” And Hambrick is a long way from pushing the green button on taxes.
Yet to read literature attacking Hambrick and promoting Marchant, uncovered by my colleague Jon Ralston, the timing doesn’t really matter; the mere fact that Hambrick has indicated a willingness to abandon his no-tax pledge is apostasy enough to put him on the political rack.
“When our elected officials mis-speak, or mis-remember, or mis-represent, WE MIS-VOTE!” one of the fliers declares. (Perhaps that meant to say, “we mis-voted,” given that the vote took place more distant in time than the mis-speaking, mis-remembering and/or mis-representing?)
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