When last we left the Norm McAllister saga, he was threatening legal action against the State Senate if it suspends him from his official duties. He claims that a number of his constituents have talked of filing suit. As I noted, this would just prolong the agony for Senators, for Republicans, and especially for Franklin County Republicans, who are stuck with this tar baby.
Well, VTDigger’s Jasper “Son of Jay” Craven spent a few happy hours getting in touch with the county’s other lawmakers. And all of them, shockingly, denied that a court battle was in the works.
“Nobody has expressed a plan or a desire to take legal action,” said Rep. Carolyn Branagan, a Republican who represents Franklin’s first district. “I think it’s exactly the opposite, the people with whom I know and have spoken to want this over.”
… Franklin Republican Reps. Albert Pearce and Larry Fiske, Independent Barbara Murphy and Democrat Kathleen Keenan also said they hadn’t heard anything about a lawsuit until McAllister’s remarks Wednesday. Nor had Claude Cheralier, the Highgate chair for the Franklin County Republicans.
Rep. Corey Parent joined the chorus, and expressed the increasingly forlorn hope that McAllister would come to his senses and resign.
Well, see, here’s the problem.
All it would take is someone willing to file suit. Someone loyal to McAllister who believes he is innocent. And I’m sure those someones are out there. And I’m sure they aren’t talking much with the party regulars who desperately want him gone.
Norm McAllister is far from the sharpest tool in the Statehouse shed. But anyone who manages to get elected to the Senate has friends, cronies, and donors with some measure of loyalty to, and/or friendship with, their man.
Any registered Franklin County voter would have standing to file suit. What are the odds that there isn’t a single McAllister denialist in the whole county with enough scratch to underwrite a lawsuit?
They’re pretty long. So I don’t put much stock in all those professions of ignorance.