Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Liar Liar

There was an unusually ugly exchange this afternoon between Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) and Rep. Will Hartnett (R-Dallas). At the climax of an argument over Bonnen's amendment to SB 712 (on the lege's energy efficiency goals), Hartnett called Bonnen out for lying to the House members. "Rep. Bonnen has misrepresented [his amendment]," Hartnett said.

With the text of the amendment in hand, Hartnett was about to detail the extent of Bonnen's misdeeds by reading it aloud. Bonnen quickly put the kibosh on Hartnett by calling a point of order; Hartnett's time was up. Thoroughly upset, the two retired to a death match off to the side, complete with waving hands and pumping fists. To Bonnen's dismay, an amendment that neutered his amendment passed.