You’re leaving? Seeyalaterbye.
News coverage of the 10 House members bowing out has had that quality to it. In the world of political junkies and journalism, there’s no room for sentiment.
Instantly, speculation was rampant about who will move to what power position and how it will affect the political balance, a subject I’ll leave to those who know it better while I indulge in a little sentiment.
Rep. Tom Taylor, former Minority Leader, will be known for his irrepressible sense of humor, a valuable commodity in the Roundhouse. House Minority Leader Don Bratton could frame the big picture, apply his engineer’s logic, and keep discussions civil.
The long-serving Chairman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, Rep. Kiki Saavedra, will be remembered for soliciting Republican input into the budget process (his predecessor didn’t) and making people comfortable with the process. House Majority Leader Rick Miera was a consummate public servant with a command of facts.
The other six include three Democrats (Edward Sandoval, Ernest Chavez and Nate Cote) and three Republicans (Anna Crook, Bill Gray and Jim White).