Fiscal fissures within the GOP?

Fiscal fissures within the GOP?

Posted by JP on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 21:10

Daily Herald Political Reporter Joseph Ryan staked out the leaders meeting in Chicago today. His story can be found here:
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=203451&src=109

The summary is this: Looks like fissures are emerging between House and Senate Republicans, although not the extent of the chasm between House and Senate Democrats.
From Ryan’s story:

"It is going to be difficult to move forward," said Senate Republican leader Frank Watson.

Just a few days ago, Watson’s GOP members were putting key votes on gambling expansion and a lottery lease needed to give Gov. Rod Blagojevich a $34 billion construction-spending checkbook.

The conviction of Blagojevich’s friend and political fundraiser Tony Rezko for widespread financial corruption involving state investments appears to have sobered the Senate Republicans who’d recently grown chummy with the governor and Senate Democrats.

But House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego doesn’t share the same concerns in the wake of the convictions. He told reporters …
“I don’t know how (the verdict) plays out. I’m not going to worry about it. I will concede it is a big distraction, but we’ve got stuff to do.”

By the way, the state Republican Party convention is this weekend in Decatur. That’s not ADM I smell in the air.

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