As I write this, snow is falling fast and furious. The only news I was able to read yesterday was the deliberate removal of Delaware State Representative John Kowalko from the House Education Committee by House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf. I had no idea where this freak storm came from. I firmly believe Kowalko is so pissed off at Schwartzkopf that he literally affected weather here in the 1st State.
As Delaware blogger Kavips pointed out very early this morning, hell hath no fury like a Kowalko scorned!
We need John’s voice now more than ever. Having it bottled up in a committee where he is the lone dissenting vote, thereby silencing him for months from the public’s eye, would bode ill for all Delaware’s children… He is now free, (with no strings to hold him back) to plaster the Markell administration with tons of truth sticky-notes Truths which will tie Markell up as he is forced to defend; something that has not happened yet in his six years.
This removal is probably the best thing that could have happened. What will happen in the committee will still get relayed to John, he will continue to be on top of it, who can then relay it to Allan at noon and night… A much smarter move for Schwartzkoph would have been to have kept him on that committee, Tied down, bedazzled, and worn thin….
As far as its intimidative effect, that depends on what John accomplishes now as Delaware’s children’s advocate. If he (and we), can make it so unacceptable to be viewed Schwartzkoph’s butt- clone, very few legislators will fall in line for fear of being voted out of office next election, This can easily happen (No legislator votes for something he knows will get him fired in the next election) now that children in Delaware finally have a advocate.
To read more of Kavips brilliant analogy, please read here: http://kavips.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/firing-of-john-kowalko-off-the-education-board/
Not sure if it’s snowing down in Rehobeth, but Dover looks like a Winter Wonderland.