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Tempers Flare in the Final Days of Session

Anita Kumar

During the lengthy House session Thursday afternoon, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) challenged House Speaker William J. Howell about whether an amendment on a transportation bill was relevant.

As Howell considered the answer, he invited Marshall and the sponsor of the amendment, House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), to the front of the chamber to discuss the question. House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry) also joined them.

To say Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta) was peeved with Armstrong's presence is an understatement.

Landes angrily complained to his Republican colleagues sitting in the chamber that Armstrong had no business being involved in Howell's conversation with Marshall.

Historically, Landes said, the minority leader does not attend those talks.

"It's just common courtesy,'' Landes said repeatedly to his colleagues. "Apparently we don't go by common courtesy in the House of Delegates."

But Armstrong, the Democrats' outspoken leader, says it's a new day in Richmond.

"Anytime a Republican goes up there, a Democrat goes up there,'' Armstrong said later. "I don't plan my day around what Steve Landes says."

By Anita Kumar  |  March 6, 2008; 6:57 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008 , Transportation  
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Maybe the Grover Norquist School of Governing is beginning to lose its grip in Virginia.

Posted by: NoVA | March 7, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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