The Georgia House defeated a resolution Thursday that praises President Barack Obama and makes him an honorary member of the Legislative Black Caucus.
The 70-68 vote on House Resolution 673 came after negotiations between Democrats who saw it as similar to many approved over the years honoring Republicans, and Republicans who don’t want to celebrate Obama’s “vision.” The House will reconsider the vote today.
“It speaks to the disrespect members of this chamber have toward members of color,” said Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), who introduced a similar resolution that sailed through the Senate. “It’s a sad day.”
But Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island) said Democrats’ unwillingness to budge on the wording sealed the resolution’s fate. Keen and Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton), who first objected to it, wanted to change wording that makes it seem the entire House supported Obama’s political positions.
“He’s the president. We respect that,” Keen said. “But a lot of people in this room didn’t vote for him.”All I got to say about this is that the GOP is looking more & more like a party that is just like it's counterpart in Washington D.C. The Party of NO! I hope that they past this resolution today & stop all of the political games. Austin Scott knows he is facing an uphill climb to win the nomination & that by standing up & killing this resolution he thinks that it will be beneficial for him in 2010. Scott is already a loser & this only solidify that.