Did He Fall, OR.....
Cicero (106 B.C.–43 B.C.)
....Was He PUSHED?
Porcupine has just heard that Rep. Anthony Verga has taken a bad spill, and was taken to the hospital. The Representative was rushing to a roll call vote, and slipped on the trecherous marble stairs in the State House.
BUT it can't be that simple! HE'S one of the fifty votes - at least in the past - for advancing the Marriage Amendment! Did he take a dive instead of a vote? Or was he prevented from voting his conscience by sinister forces? Ohhh, and he had wanted an unelected state job! It's all tooooo coincidental....
Porcupine first and foremost sincerely hopes that Rep. Verga will be fine, and able to vote tomorrow. However, he presents this bit of political theatre for the various Grassy Knoll types and Entrail Readers who will be dissecting the vote tomorrow - on both sides of the issue.
'Unprecedented' is the word du jour, in relation to the lobbying by both sides around this Constitutional Convention tomorrow. Every argument has been made by hoarse advocates of every stripe, every inducement offered and spurned. There will be no more changing of minds. No Rep. wants to be the next John Slattery (who killed the death penalty with a single vote).
The record will show what the Legislature really thinks - for once. So get well, Rep. Verga, because sometimes...well...as the saying goes, sometimes - a cigar is just a cigar.