Boy, can’t you just tell how popular a bill is when NOBODY wants to take credit for its passage? We’ve now seen multiple instances of Senator Gillmor making essentially the kind of statement as found in this comment about her post-SB 5 letter to constituents:
As you know, the bill was passed out of the Senate this week, with Senate President Tom Niehaus casting the deciding vote.
We’ve been told that she said something similar elsewhere. She objects to any idea that she was the decisive vote on SB5, but instead calling it Niehaus’ decision under the same plausible deniability of a fire squad—sure, I pulled the trigger, but I don’t think my rifle had the live round.
Okay, let’s give Gillmor the benefit of her argument. She wasn’t the deciding vote in whether to pass Senate Bill 5, but doesn’t that still make her the deciding vote to let Niehaus be the deciding vote? And is she surprised at how Niehaus voted after he removed two anti-SB 5 Senators from the committees that could have killed the bill if they stayed on?
Not even twenty-four hours after the vote, and we’ve got Senators on the defensive about their “Yes” votes.
Oh, and there’s one other major problem with Gillmor’s “I wasn’t the decider” defense. As anyone who watched the vote (and as reflected on pg. 6 of that day’s Senate Journal) knows, immediately after the vote, Senator Grendell demanded a verification of the vote under Senate Rule 65 which states:
Rule 65. (Verification of Vote.) After the roll has been called, any senator may demand a verification of the vote. The Clerk shall read, first the names of those senators voting in the affirmative, then of those voting in the negative, at which time any senator, on account of error or for any other reason, may change his or her vote. (emphasis added.)
Yep, Grendell gave anyone who voted for SB 5 an opportunity change their vote and defeat the bill after everyone was aware of the final roll call vote showed it passing by only one vote. Senators Gillmor, LaRose, Stewart, and others could have easily changed their votes, thus defeating the bill. The bill passed on their silence to take the second chance Grendell gave them.
So, yes, Senator Gillmor, you were the deciding vote to permit SB 5 to pass. If not when you decided, as you yourself argue, to let President Niehaus cast the deciding vote for passage, then at least when you failed to decide to change your vote to change the outcome.
Stop making excuses for what you did, and start owning (and fixing) what you’ve done.