Jeff Roorda continued to give all of Jefferson County a good name yesterday when while verbally berating Republicans for "phony baloney amendments" he lashed out at Rep. Tim Jones (R-Eureka) for screaming "You're a liar!" to him during his speech. Tensions flared and the two had to be separated on the House floor. You can view the video here. From the Associated Press:
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two Missouri House members had to be restrained from each other during heated debate on the state budget.
The altercation Thursday was between Democratic Whip Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, and Rules Committee Chairman Tim Jones, a Republican from Eureka. The chamber's observation galleries were filled with school children at the time.
Roorda was criticizing GOP budget amendments when he and Jones started shouting and moving toward one another. Other lawmakers and staff ushered both to a room in the back of the chamber while House Speaker Ron Richard called for order.
Other lawmakers appeared to join the argument and Richard, a Republican from Joplin, ordered one House member removed from the chamber. No one ultimately was removed and lawmakers calmed down
Way to go Jeff! Show those school kids how laws are really made in Jefferson City. In hindsight, Jones' outburst was rude and out of place. Of course, instead of taking the high road, Roorda decided to charge the Rules Committee Chairman for a one-on-one battle on the House floor. At least Roorda didn't drop the "T" word on the House floor like he did a couple of weeks ago. Maybe he was building up to it and Rep. Jones saved him.
Jones apologized on his Twitter yesterday after the incident. No such apology came from Rep. Roorda.
If you are tired of these shenanigans at the State House by our elected "representatives", (they're mascot is a donkey for a reason you know) then you can meet some conservative alternatives at the Jefferson County Tea Party on April 10th at Arnold City Park. There you can meet Charles Huey, Republican candidate for the 101st District (currently held by Tim Meadows), Paul Wieland, Republican Candidate for the 102nd District (currently held by Jeff Roorda) and Richard Blowers, Constitution Party Candidiate for the 102nd District.