Hackney shores up support in Speaker race

Today's Insider is reporting that Joe Hackney is building support for his bid to be House Speaker and that Joe Tolson is expected to announce he's out of the race and supporting Hackney.

Hackney, meanwhile, declined to say how many commitments he has for speaker. The Orange County Democrat did say that he has steadily been picking up support. "Starting to roll," Hackney said.

House Democrats are getting together Wednesday for the decision. Hackney told me several weeks ago he would win because of his history as a consensus builder. He's not one to count his chickens before they hatch, so "starting to roll," is a pretty upbeat comment.

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His history as a consensus builder

hmmmm.... I'm still having' problems with the fact that he co-chaired the commission tasked with studying the death penalty in North Carolina and they accomplished nothing in a year. It doesn't convince me of his leadership skills or his ability to build a consensus.

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That is the problem with commissions.

several members are no longer in the legislature, then there is the election season when no one can do anything.

We need leadership on this issue and so much more. I hope Joe shows that leadership. I think those of us he represents have more faith.



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Glad to hear this.

Hope the Insider knows what it's talking about.

Studying stuff

Setting up a study commission is often a legislative out—a way to keep an idea alive or the ball in the air once it's been determined that the House or Senate isn't going to pass something. The action doesn't happen until the next session when the commission reports its findings to the GA. Once the moratorium didn't look like it had 60 votes the commish was about the only route. Frankly, in an election year, it probably wasn't that easy to get a study commission through, either.

As far as consensus building, I'm pretty sure he was refering to his Majority Leader post under Black and Pro Tem post under Blue, where he had to do a lot of cat herding. And the House, you know, has some really strange cats.

Well...you're right about this

it is called a study commission and not an action commission. :) I guess I don't understand the point of setting up anything that is predetermined to accomplish little if anything in a year's time....of course that's not Hackney's fault. (Not his fault that the commission is designed to accomplish so little and not his fault I don't understand why.)

It comes across to me as if the commission is simply a way to look like you're doing something instead of actually doing something.....but then, that's just me.

I'm pretty sensitive to folks calling themselves consensus builders. Have you ever heard a politician say, "I can't get anyone to do a durned thing"? Nah. They all claim to be consensus builders. I'm not against Hackney. Just nervous about the whole thing.

Thanks for the primer....and sorry for the strange cats. I have a feeling most of them are from down my way.



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Great news

This is great news as far as I'm concerned. Joe's one of only a small handful of folks who I'd trust with the job, and the only one of those in the running. He's trustworthy; he has a great overall legislative record both in terms of his votes and his propensity for getting things done in a body where getting things done just isn't easy; he represents progressive values better than most of his peers; and probably most importantly coming off of Black, he's scandal free.

[To throw my bias out on the table, I'm currently an Orange County resident, though not in Joe's district, and have had classes with his son here at UNC.]

I'm skeptical about his chances

Joe Hackney is certainly the progressive choice, but I'm more than a little skeptical about his real chances of winning the gavel. I'd still give the edge to Dan Blue, although I've heard some say that he's yesterday's flavor.

As for the criticism about his handling of the House Select Committee on Capital Punishment, I've been to more than a few of these hearings and I can tell you that he's been very even-handed in his leadership of the committee. He's been much more productive and reasonable than Beverly Earle, who's said some of the most ridiculous and nonsensical things.

Having said that, I can see why death penalty opponents would be displeased with his chairmanship, given that no moratorium has resulted from the work of the committee. But as others have said above, that really wasn't the mandate of the committee (no matter what the implicit belief of some may have been). While I might have my own personal and political differences with Joe Hackney, I don't think you can criticize his leadership or consensus-building abilities because the House Select Committee on Capital Punishment has so far failed to recommend a moratorium.

Hmm. Despite my previously-stated skepticism of Hackney's chances at winning the speakership, the AP is reporting that Tolson is, in fact, out of the race and backing Hackney.

So there. Score one for The Insider.

Read my response to kmr

posted oh...say...three hours ago. ;)

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hmm...

My comment seems somewhat different from yours in tone and content -- note my grudging compliment of Hackney's leadership and the AP update.

Oy.

Whatev.

Sorry, I wasn't clear

I was speaking to this:

As for the criticism about his handling of the House Select Committee on Capital Punishment, I've been to more than a few of these hearings and I can tell you that he's been very even-handed in his leadership of the committee.

kmr had already spoken up on that point and I had already replied. That's all.

Nothing at all wrong with your comment.

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Oy indeed

Like the guy who may be about to become speaker, I'm a heck of a lot more interested in good government than political wrangling. I would not be surprised to find that Hackney agreed to not try to hold the job forever, but to use it to accomplish a few specific things.

Can't hardly wait to stop covering the horse race and the re-organization and get into the guts of the budget and policy. There's a lot of big decisions ahead and the Black scandal and the polarized and poisoned politics of the last several years have been a great distraction and prevented real change in the structure of government. During that time, the lobbyists and corporate pacs have had a field day.