Statement from State Representative Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) on Speaker Bolger removing eight Democrats from their committee assignments this afternoon:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

“Speaker Bolger has an unfortunate history of silencing people he disagrees with. House Democrats were hopeful Bolger’s actions would live up to his rhetoric about putting the past behind us. The Speaker has said that he is “eager to work with anyone who will put solving the problems of Michigan citizens over partisan politics” and Democrats were hopeful his actions would align. However, the Speaker’s relentlessly partisan action proves that this is nothing more than empty rhetoric.

“He has unilaterally decided that playing petty political games and retaliating against Democrats for speaking out in support of the disabled is more important than finding common ground. The Speaker silenced women last year when he didn’t like certain words they said and now he is again silencing Democrats for having the audacity to speak out in support of disabled victims testifying against no fault reform.”