I have stated my commitment to eliminating harassment of any kind in the Capitol, as well as all political committees, and my desire to ensure we create a culture where individuals feel secure in making a complaint. I intend to appoint an individual with extensive experience conducting investigations to review all operations of the House of Representatives, including but not limited to the Clerk’s Office where Ms. Garrett works.
Read the longer release over at CapFax
But, you have been Speaker Of The House longer than anyone has been a Speaker of any statehouse in the history of the United States. As the commemorative clock reminds us.
How does the Speaker not 'own' the culture in the State House at this point? I would say the Speaker is responsible to a large degree for the culture as it now exists in the House. So if he did not create the culture where individuals feel secure in making a complaint, he certainly helped perpetuate it. I know people in Springfield and I think I know them well enough to know they don't want this culture and it isn't something they decided a month ago.
Is it the silence of good people who let this go on the problem, is the nature of how the legislature works and is structured that if these people decided to stand they were going to be crushed? Is the fear so strong that the Democratic nominee for Governor doesn't seem to want to say the Speakers name out loud?
Come on, if Republicans were running the House and this stuff was coming out, would JB be silent?
Regardless of how this all plays out, at some point, there is going to be a new Speaker, and I would like to think that the legislature would have the good sense not to let one person have as much power as the Speaker does now. Be it power over the party purse-strings or over legislation or over the campaign apparatus concentrated political power over time will become a problem.
The Speaker and those who supported him at the least facilitated this culture of fear and intimidation and it's time it ended. You have to own some of it. This culture doesn't do the people of Illinois any favors and it doesn't do democracy any favors.
The easiest form of leadership is using power to bully and intimidate, it is also the weakest and the most pathetic.