Rep. Emerson Describes Speaker O’Brien’s Bullying

I’ve written previously about Speaker O’Brien’s bullying of┬áRep. Susan Emerson over her proposed amendment to the House budget bill. On a radio show with former state senators Peggy Gilmour and Bette Lasky, Emerson described the incident in detail.

Speaker O’Brien, when he found out I had one amendment to House Bill 1, took me in the Senate chambers. He was three inches from my face and started screaming at me that he had forbidden a Republican to put any amendments in. I was trying to speak to him and he wasn’t listening. The Sergeant at Arms from the Senate, who is a retired state trooper, came and stood next to me because he thought O’Brien was going to hit me.