Sen. Karen Peterson’s Gay Marriage Speech and Other Notable Legislative Hall Quips
Party lines, civil rights city buses and gay marriage alike have elicited some colorful remarks from Delaware’s political leaders.
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Truer Words Have Ne’er Been Spoken
Before Sherman Tribbitt was the governor from 1973 to 1977, he was a Democratic speaker. Although the House had written rules for passing legislation, any self-respecting speaker knew there was really only one rule that counts: The majority rules.
One legislative day, the Democratic majority was merrily voting to suspend its procedural rules and ram through whatever it wanted. Meg Manning, a Republican state representative from Marshallton, finally had enough. She held up a copy of the House’s rule book as she addressed Tribbitt.
“Mr. Speaker, what is this book for?” Manning asked.
“That book is for the minority,” Tribbitt quipped.
Manning flipped the book away. It landed in a waste basket, where it obviously belonged.
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