Social conservatives are stirred up over Oklahoma speaker-elect's comments
Some House Republicans say the next speaker of the House of Representatives should put more emphasis on so-called social issues, such as anti-immigration and gun laws. Others say they should wait until the agenda for next year's session is drawn up during caucus meetings next week.
Terrill, R-Moore, said he is disappointed Steele has not responded to his satisfaction.
â€œThe speaker, still to this day, despite given multiple opportunities do so, has not clearly and unequivocally repudiated the comments that appeared in your paper,â€ Terrill said Friday. â€œThis snowball that was put in place on Thursday night clearly has now grown beyond everyone's expectations.â€
Terrill, who is disappointed he was not reappointed chairman of a key budget subcommittee for the next two years by Steele, said it appears to him next week's caucus meeting is a â€œsham.â€
â€œAt this point we have reason to question its authenticity and its genuineness,â€ he said.
A couple of social conservatives said Friday that Republicans, who hold a 70-31 majority in the House of Representatives, should not overreact to Steele's comments. They reaffirmed their support last month for Steele to be the next speaker; the full House of Representatives will meet Jan. 4 to vote officially on a speaker to succeed Chris Benge, who could not seek re-
â€œIt's too early for anyone to determine that they've been cut out,â€ said Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-
â€œI don't see his leadership being chipped away,â€ Reynolds said. â€œI see his leadership being formed by how he stands up to this kind of controversy because I believe he's going to face a lot tougher things than this in the next two years.â€
Rep. Paul Wesselhoft said the criticism of Steele's statements has been a rush to judgment.
â€œIt's all going to be worked out at the Republican caucus,â€ said Wesselhoft, R-
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