State Rep Kowalko bitch-slaps Delaware Speaker of the House Schwartzkopf

Kowalko blasts House Speaker Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

Rep. John Kowalko has apparently had enough.

The Newark Democrat fired off a letter to Democratic House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, accusing the speaker of creating an “atmosphere of intimidation and coercion that threatens to envelop our caucus and the entire House of Representatives.”

Schwartzkopf needs to be purge from being Speaker of The House!

Kowalko wasn’t the only Democrat taken down a notch by Schwartzkopf’s committee assignments. Rep. Helene Keeley, a Wilmington Democrat who challenged House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst in a leadership fight last month, lost her spot on the powerful committee that authors Delaware’s capital budget.

Stop the presses! Schwartzkopf’s chambermaid Longhurst got bumped! OMG! 

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23 responses to “State Rep Kowalko bitch-slaps Delaware Speaker of the House Schwartzkopf

  1. Publius e decere

    Schwartzkopf made the right call. Anyone with sensible balance would have done the same. Kowalko is free to continue his rabid blog-commenting, and his setting up of faux radio interviews, but he can no longer use the closed doors of a legislative committee to press his narrow views into proposed law.

    Thank you to Pete Schwartzkopf for making the call to move Kowalko back to the uncredentialed diaspora, and for his withstanding of the vitriolic responses from the narrow vitriolic minority who think otherwise.

    Removing Kowalko from a position of asymmetric influence was the right move. A ray of hope has surfaced in the DE democracy. Let’s celebrate it.

    Publius

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    • “Closed doors of a legislative committee.”

      Ummmm…?

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    • Publius e decere

      A pragmatic observation. Said differently, limiting JK to public comment rather than allowing him unlimited filibuster as a committee member is appropriate when he has thoroughly and irrevocably crossed the Rubicon from “legislator” to “extremist”. His radio “interview”, complete with shill call-ins and personal invective against anyone and everyone who disagrees with him, was proof enough for the vast majority of level-headed citizens.

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    • I saw a guy a guy level personal invective at the RCCSD school board in a petulant lecture about Robert’s Rules of order and how they need to support schools like their own. He commanded the mic for his own ego which he described as something he “could not control” What should we do with that guy? Take his mic away?

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    • Publius e decere

      Assuming the person was a board member then the Roberts Rules might apply. Assuming the person was making a public comment, he probably had the same limited mic-time as others. Public comment is usually limited to fair play and to a 3-minute mercy rule. Was any of that violated? If so, what did the board do about it?

      For Kowalko, his own Speaker decided Kowalko had gone beyond the pale so the Speaker trimmed Kowalko from the privilege of committee membership as a result. I’m suggesting that Kowalko can still have public-comment time at committee meetings (now that he is not a member) and that he can still exert his rightful and respectful floor time for comments as a Representative when the House is in session. And the Speaker can reserve his right to call such comments out of order if necessary, as House Rules might apply.

      Politics as usual. This time, one was won for sensibility.

      Publius

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    • I’m not sure, but the guy acted like he had been pursuing an advanced degree for like 24 years without quite getting it or having inhaled too many fumes as an occupational hazard. He was just petulant, in less than three minutes.

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    • Publius e decere

      Maybe that person is from Colorado, and in a hurry. Who knows.

      The cold reality is that Kowalko walked out beyond the fenceline and just kept on running — with scissors. He has probably forgotten the many favors and benefits of “party politics and toeing the party line” which got him to the place he is in today. There are probably many OTHER creative and productive ways he could have chosen to influence the leaders of this party in the legislature, and to influence the executive leader of the State who is also of his party.

      To quote Indiana Jones —– Kowalko chose poorly. He now living a timeless version of accountability.

      Publius

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  2. Joanne Christian

    Sorry PED. Kowalko speaks to greater ramifications than just an education committee. The legislature in not to be the House of Markell. Agree with Rep. Kowalko’s education stance or not, the entire committee repositionings should not represent a Governor’s personal agenda and chapters of his fan club. It’s a state legislature belonging to the citizens and their needs, not box seats to a fixed fight in the ring. Some in Dover need to remember who they are beholden to. And it’s their constituent, not their Governor.

    And for all the times I have been in Dover and seen or hear John Kowalko talk or testify for business involving my reason or not—I have never seen him be rabid or rude. I may have witnessed ultra idealism a time or two, but comments, tone, and body language TOWARD him were absolutely smug or dismissing as he continued to afford his opponent/colleague every inch of respect and decorum in disagreement at open session with the public there–and yes, children present.

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    • Publius e decere

      I guess we’ve had different observances of Kowalko. In the end, though, the committee removal was done by a citizen-elected legislator who has the full-enough confidence of his peers to have been elected as Speaker and who is from Kowalko’s own political party. And as I said, it was a reasonable decision for the greater political good.

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  3. Publius doesn’t like JK cause he knows JK is right and he doesn’t like that there’s a fox in his henhouse. The glue that holds the education reform movement together is starting to lose its adherence and that’s when you see moves like what Schwartzkopf did. Desperation leads someone to do that, not common sense.

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  4. Joanne Christian

    Ummm PED, Markell was citizen elected too, so I guess that’s all for the greater political good too–his.

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  5. “lost his ability to compromise”

    Shocker… been saying this about this clown for years now. You don’t represent the district you serve… you don’t support quality public school education… you only serve the DSEA and look to destroy all things not TPS!!

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    • Publius e decere

      OK Greg, I can’t disagree with you BUT the 25th district keeps electing Kowalko. Maybe the citizens need to take back the election process. Field a sensible DEM, or a viable GOP. Until then, at least try to give voice to a visible minority.

      We get the government we deserve. Let’s elect a good one.

      Publius

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    • I am all for it… should be easy to get this clown out. The only thing he seems to be good at is not coming up with an education plan that will work and fighting back against NCS. Trust me, I have thought about running against this idiot… but not sure my job would allow it (or my family). However, he is relatively harmless… like that old man you feel bad for… like to run off at the mouth… not exactly sure what he is talking about… so you just let him keep talking. None of his plans work… he has not been successful in anything he has tried to do recently. So while I would love to replace him with anyone else… leaving him there to watch him stumble over himself and mumble at the mic isn’t so bad either.

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  6. Listen Jed, I’m sorry your oil find didn’t last long enough for you to stay in Beverly Hills but you might want to stay out of arguments that you know nothing about or answer for your rabidly disrespectful hyperbole by risking exposure to your own cause that other members might not appreciate.
    John k.

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    • Joanne Christian

      Go easy Rep. Kowalko–you may not have heard but Ellie May just died last week, and Jed has to figger how to get Jethro out of 6th grade state testing to attend his kin’s funeral. Sanctions on schools you know.

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    • Own cause? HA… you are indeed just plain dumb. No cause here… except pointing out how useless you are and that you really have no plan for education. You recite the DSEA playbook… fight back against progress… and shit all over people who don’t agree with you. Glad to see you were kicked out of the club clown.

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