Saw that there was some interest in the comments as to what Speaker Batchelder was picked up saying on the microphone near the end of the session.  Whatever you may have thought Speaker Batchelder said, we’ve learn the truth is much worse.

For your benefit, here’s the clip cued right at the moment in question.  It’s hard to hear, but here’s exactly what Speaker Batchelder said:

“Well, she may, or she may not goddamn get it.”

Debbie PhillipsYou’ll notice that Batchelder is talking to one of the House clerks while looking over to his left while he says it.  We’ve confirmed with a House source that the clerk was informing Speaker Batchelder that House Assistant Minority Whip Debbie Phillips (D-Athens) wanted to make a parliamentary point of personal privilege.

In other words, she wanted to assert her personal right as a Member of the House to honor someone who had died, particularly someone who died today.

Representative Phillips wanted to honor the memory of Bill Sams, the Council 8 Regional Director for AFSCME and President of the Southeastern Ohio AFL-CIO.  A former lawyer, a husband, father, and grandfather.  Bill Sams had just been at the SB 5 protests the day before at the Statehouse.  He would have been there today except he died.

That’s what Speaker Batchelder was cursing about.

I told you it was worse than you imagined.

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  • Freddavisretail

    Manufactured controversy. How about the fact that people were yelling “ASSHOLE!” while they were trying to do the moment of silence? Check Marc Kovac’s video. You can see that people are shouting while they were trying to do the moment of silence. Maybe THAT is why they might not goddamned get it… because the hooligans were screaming.

  • Anonymous

    You apparently don’t know the definition of manufactured controversy… Wanna take another crack at it?

  • Freddavisretail

    No, instead I will just call people who disagree with me assholes and fascists.

  • Anonymous

    Another problem with your theory? The Marc Kovac video you referred to is what people were saying as Phillips was speaking, which is after Batchelder said what he said, and only one person is heard saying asshole.

    So you’re chronologically wrong and you inflate what one person said on video as more than one person.

    Again, try harder. Actually, just try better.

  • dlw

    Heaven forbid you go downstairs and actually have to face some of your unhappy constituents on your way to your Rules meeting!

    He got what he wanted today… what’s with the anger?!

  • Anonymous

    You’re a Tea Party guy, so that wouldn’t be new to you. But having been embarassed with your own ignorance, you now are trying to change the subject.

  • Well yea…Of course you would call people what you are….. It’s called projection.

  • pilsner

    When I try to leave liberal comments on Ohio’s right-wing blogs they almost always delete me. Yet the right-wingers come over here and spread their lies.

  • Jen

    The so-called moment of silence he granted her, before he got gavel happy again, was pathetic. He was short with all of the silent pauses, but the one she requested was barely two seconds.

    He was basically having a mini-tantrum and probably thinking, “Passing bills would be easier if it weren’t for all the &%$# constituents who don’t agree with us.”

  • I just caught one of them using a fake facebook profile, spewing nothing but bull on the Stand Up OH FB page. He wasn’t even smart enough to delete his comment trail so I could figure out what he was doing.

  • I just caught one of them using a fake facebook profile, spewing nothing but bull on the Stand Up OH FB page. He wasn’t even smart enough to delete his comment trail so I could figure out what he was doing.

  • Guest

    He’s evil like the remainder of the “elected” and wanna be elected radical TGOP. This is their fundamental problem; “no respect, no respect at all”.

    He doesn’t work for any of us, especially us pesky regular (read non rich) citizenry.

  • Annekarima

    Thanks Modern, for clearing this one up.

  • buckeyekelly

    Considering the amount of actual controversy that occurred last night and that will continue to occur, *THIS* is what you choose to point out? If you are a “tea” party follower (as Modern has supposed in his comments below) where is your outrage for Speaker Batchelder and his followers passing a bill that even Republicans have pointed out in at least 4 points is UNCONSTITUTIONAL? I

    Where is your outrage that state legislators, also public employees, make $58K per year for a 3 day work week and summers off? Oh, and free healthcare, parking, mileage, and administrative assistants.

    Where is your outrage that Republicans are wasting time and money on legislation that is deemed so unconstitutional the Ohio Right to Life won’t step up.

    You’re actually more aligned with the progressives and anti-SB5 people than you think if you were to look outside the little bubble and talking points you’re taking from others. There are more of us than there are of those supporting this bill, and a referendum will speak towards that.

  • buckeyekelly

    Considering the amount of actual controversy that occurred last night and that will continue to occur, *THIS* is what you choose to point out? If you are a “tea” party follower (as Modern has supposed in his comments below) where is your outrage for Speaker Batchelder and his followers passing a bill that even Republicans have pointed out in at least 4 points is UNCONSTITUTIONAL? I

    Where is your outrage that state legislators, also public employees, make $58K per year for a 3 day work week and summers off? Oh, and free healthcare, parking, mileage, and administrative assistants.

    Where is your outrage that Republicans are wasting time and money on legislation that is deemed so unconstitutional the Ohio Right to Life won’t step up.

    You’re actually more aligned with the progressives and anti-SB5 people than you think if you were to look outside the little bubble and talking points you’re taking from others. There are more of us than there are of those supporting this bill, and a referendum will speak towards that.

  • Lindalou50

    What a ” Pompous Ass “. He has forgotten he is a public servant. Hopefully when he is up for reelection the people will remember how smug and arrogant he is. What a rude man.

  • Lindalou50

    What a ” Pompous Ass “. He has forgotten he is a public servant. Hopefully when he is up for reelection the people will remember how smug and arrogant he is. What a rude man.

  • Lindalou50

    What a ” Pompous Ass “. He has forgotten he is a public servant. Hopefully when he is up for reelection the people will remember how smug and arrogant he is. What a rude man.

  • Their sheep are too easily swayed. They must protect them from any dissenting opinions. They come over here, but I have noticed that no single one hangs around too long… or perhaps the one guy just changes his name repeatedly.

  • Their sheep are too easily swayed. They must protect them from any dissenting opinions. They come over here, but I have noticed that no single one hangs around too long… or perhaps the one guy just changes his name repeatedly.

  • Their sheep are too easily swayed. They must protect them from any dissenting opinions. They come over here, but I have noticed that no single one hangs around too long… or perhaps the one guy just changes his name repeatedly.

  • Tarfam325

    Actually, they are making $60,854 per year as a “base” salary. Then they make a minimum of $5,000 and up to $10,000 for any committee they “serve” on. These same legislators can retire after 30 years of service AT ANY AGE and at a reduced range of service from 25-30 years at age 55 and they retire at 2.2% per year of the three HIGHEST YEARS’ salaries, THE EXACT terms they have attempted to take away from Ohio’s Public Employees AND if they have 10 years of service, they can continue to get health care coverage in retirement. They maintain the right to “retire and rehire” in ANY Ohio retirement system and maintain benefits. They receive health care within 31 days of taking office. They have the option to participate in the “state self funded Ohio Med Health” plan or a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) if one is available where they live. They “share” the cost of these plans, but NO percentage is designated publicly. They receive life insurance in an amount equal to the member’s salary after one year of service and WHENEVER a member leaves, they TAKE this money with them in the form of a WHOLE LIFE POLICY. They may also have supplemental and dependent life insurance “provided by the State” for a maximum of up to SIX TIMES annual salary PLUS up to $40,000 spousal coverage and $7,000 per child. Then, they do, indeed, receive free parking, office expenses, desktop computers, options for reimbursement for dependent related expenses and health savings account expenses. And while they stand on their soap box and wave their fists in the air claiming to care about LOCAL governments burdens incurred by Public Employees they CONVENIENTLY call THEMSELVES “Public Officers” so they are EXEMPT from all of the limitations and guidelines they just voted to put into effect under Senate Bill 5. Now, as Governor Kasich signs the bill into law, they are coming next to RAID the Local Government Fund. They are going to HIJACK and take hold of this fund, which has been protected since 1935 and diverts STATE TAX DOLLARS back to localities to help with education, fire and safety services etc… AND THIS is he reason these legislators are supporting SB5, because they want this money… NOT to REDUCE the deficit, but to address the ADDITIONAL $5 Billion worth of funding for THEIR special interests that they have written into the current budget.

  • Tarfam325

    As for the a**hole comment, I am afraid we may have to blame Dennis Leary for that one… his darn tune is just SO catchy, we can’t get it out of our heads! Maybe the person who shouted this was just singing the catchy refrain! Perhaps Dennis can write a new song about Speaker Batchelder… I’ll leave the title up to him… can’t wait to see what he will come up with!

  • Anonymous

    “When people show you who they are, believe them”
    – Maya Angelou

    The Ohio GOP, heck all off the GOP, has shown us who they are: authoritarian bullies. And like bullies, they can dish it out but can’t take the blow-back from their bullying.

    You just know Batchelder is going to whine about being caught on tape being himself: “It’s those mean old liberals fault, they took me out of context!” “It’s Debbie Philips fault for wanting to honor a ‘union thug’ at the SB5 hearing, she started it.” He’ll blame liberals and the victim of his bullying because contrary to the rumor, Republicans do not practice personal responsibility.

    Bullies aren’t hard to topple because deep down they’re insecure and know they’re losers, we just have to keep exposing them. Can’t let them scare us into submission. I for one will do my part by spreading this story around so people can see who Batchelder is.

  • Anonymous

    Were you there? A second ago you were relying on a video that only showed one person audiable… now you’re claiming three?

    I don’t feed trolls, especially ones who want to excuse the Speaker of the House angrily barking that he may not allow a Democratic member a point of personal privilege to honor a man’s death because of things that had yet to occur.

  • CDR Jan

    “. . . how smug and arrogant he is. What a rude man. ”

    Typical teahadist.

  • CDR Jan

    “. . . how smug and arrogant he is. What a rude man. ”

    Typical teahadist.

  • Tim M

    Fred:
    It’s interesting that you’re so concerned about someone calling someone else an A-hole, but you seem to miss the fact that the Speaker of the Ohio House used the Lord’s name in vain from his speaker’s post. If that had been a Democrat you know you shamless right-wingers would have been sending out the fund-raising e-mails and crying at the top of your lungs.

    So self-rightous you all are…

  • Tim M

    Fred:
    It’s interesting that you’re so concerned about someone calling someone else an A-hole, but you seem to miss the fact that the Speaker of the Ohio House used the Lord’s name in vain from his speaker’s post. If that had been a Democrat you know you shamless right-wingers would have been sending out the fund-raising e-mails and crying at the top of your lungs.

    So self-rightous you all are…

  • Lacklandgd

    Not to mention “taking God’s name in vain”…on the House floor!
    Now that’s real classy!

  • What a class act this flush resistant little corp owned turd is..

  • What a class act this flush resistant little corp owned turd is..

  • Anonymous

    What do you expect from a republican?

  • Anonymous

    What do you expect from a republican?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    It was sad that the people didnt quiet down when she began to speak. I cant hear anyone saying asshole — I can hear shame on you. I can clearly hear him cursing(Batchelder). He needs to appologize for that.
    Whos to say who these folks are — union supporters? prob but whos to say they arent plants by the tea partys to be rude. I can get a union shirt ( you can go line and get them)
    stand with union people , visit with them doesnt mean I am really with them.
    Actually I doubt he may be a representative — doest act like one .Just what are the requirements to be a representative?
    I will say that I do wish that people would not have yelled so loud and so much .Doesnt help our cause.

  • Anonymous

    You need a dictionary. You don’t know what a manufacturing contraversy or obstructing means.

  • Anonymous

    Your alleged teacher wife must be so very, very proud to be married to you.

  • Tim M

    Fred:
    Didn’t speculate on your beliefs in particular.

    Re-read the comment genius.

    So self-rightous you all are…

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I sent this gal a email and this was her response –( I apologized for the reactions and loudness of the gallery)

    I can completely understand the reaction of the people in the gallery. It was a very sad day for Ohio in more ways than one. Thank you for reaching out to me, and thank you for your efforts for Ohio’s middle class and working families.
    Debbie
    I was impressed with her she didnt have to answer back — classy.. if you ask me

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