Monday, September 15, 2008

How not to count votes

Jake at Page One Kentucky tells Greg Stumbo to "get real here," saying that Stumbo only has 16 votes for House Speaker. And this from someone who fashions himself a "savvy" of observer of Kentucky politics. Who needs to get real?

In fact, Jakes say he "can prove" he doesn't have the votes. He is still apparently under the impression that he's a better vote counter than Stumbo because he has gone around asking reps where they are on it and they're telling him they're not committed.

Well, let's just says the first thing a lobbyist learns (and I've been one for 17 years) is that you can't trust what a legislator tells you. You can't lie to them, but they can and will lie to you with impunity. Some day we'll give Jake a primer on how such things work. But for now, we're just going to let experience teach him a little lesson.

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