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Armond Budish, After Bullying Teen, Caves to Pressure & Lies

February 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

And he is spinning, passing the buck, and lying:

House Republicans, Ohio Right to Life and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sharply criticized Budish this week for rejecting a request from Rep. John Adams, R-Sidney, that he be allowed to go before the House and present Elisabeth Trisler of Shelby County with a resolution for winning a national oratory contest.

Though she qualified for the resolution under House rule, the speaker has discretion over what presentations are made on the floor. He rejected the request because the issue was too divisive.

But Budish’s office today told Adams and Ohio Right to Life that the presentation can go forward, likely next week.

Though she qualified for the resolution under House rule, the speaker has discretion over what presentations are made on the floor. He rejected the request because the issue was too divisive.

But Budish’s office today told Adams and Ohio Right to Life that the presentation can go forward, likely next week.

“There was some uncertainty around whether the speech was going to be read or if it was just a presentation,” said Keary McCarthy, spokesman for Budish. “There wasn’t good communication between Rep. Adams’ office and our office.”

Also, McCarthy said, “There was an overwhelming sense that his decision was being very much mischaracterized.”

Right to Life and the ACLU accused Budish of trying to silence those whom he disagreed with. Budish argued he would have rejected such a politically divisive request regardless of whether it was abortion or a pro gay rights group.

There was never any question that her speech would be read on the floor of the House.  It was just be a presentation, period. That is a LIE and revisionist history.

Essentially, Speaker Budish is saying I didn’t do it, and I won’t do it again.

The House policy wasn’t the problem. Elizabeth was fully qualified to receive an award on the Floor of the House, and that was also never in question.

But even if that was the issue, so what? For MLK day, Speaker Budish allowed a young person to read their speech about Dr. King. Is there a list of approved speech topics that Speaker Budish can provide? Or are just some speech topics just inherently disapproved because they don’t please a liberal crowd? (And not to mention that if he really cares about MLK and the black community, then he should be aware that abortion kills more black Americans than the 7 leading causes of death combined!)

Also, from the same story in the Dayton Daily News today, Spokesidiot McCarthy gets in one final jab by noting that “the recognition moments are not used for issue advocacy.” The problem here is, this had nothing to do with issue advocacy and was about high school senior winning a national oratory award. Instead, the only one using this situation for issue advocacy was Armond Budish, who picked on a talented girl in a cheap attempt to pander to the Democrat base.

So after a year has passed, Elisabeth will FINALLY be honored on the floor. Considering how awkward the situation is now, how happy of an occasion will it be?

Speaker Budish does not support free speech, and has learned nothing from this situation. He is a hypocrite.

Armond, you are a terrible bully.

Related posts:

  1. Day 2 of Blowback: Speaker Budish Plays Politics with Teen’s Oratory Award
  2. Budish Panders to the Pro-Baby Killing Lobby / Is a Tough-Guy with a Teenage Girl
  3. ACLU vs. Speaker Armond Budish
  4. The Teen Considered too Divisive for Speaker Budish: Elizabeth Trisler
  5. Armond Budish Abortion Controversy- An Awkward Wednesday

  • Sandi Trisler
    You are correct - Speaker Budish's office (McCarthy or Budish himself - I don't know) is lying. There was absolutely never any question whether Elizabeth would give her speech - we were told right from the beginning by Rep. Adams' office that she would not be allowed to give the speech, but only to receive the commendation.
  • Thank you Mrs. Trisler
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