Kevin Landrigan predicts that no education funding amendment will come out of the Legislature, Nashua Telegraph, 3/16/12

posted Mar 18, 2012, 2:25 PM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 2:26 PM ]
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Bipartisan issue

What was behind O’Brien’s call for bipartisanship on education funding?

On Friday, O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, confessed it’s going to take Democratic votes and political muscle from a still-popular Lynch to get a constitutional amendment before the voters this November.

O’Brien got a historic majority to pass an amendment of his liking last March, the first speaker to achieve this after five previous House leaders had tried and failed.

But the one-term speaker now understands that to get an amendment that has Lynch’s support and any chance of getting two-thirds public support at the polls has to be bipartisan in nature.

“Where are the votes?” O’Brien said. “They have to be bipartisan. They have to come from the moderate swath of both parties.”

Critics of the House leader believe this is all about getting out in front of the blame game and winning that contest hands down before it begins.

Assume for a second the likely scenario that no education amendment can thread the needle to get the speaker, governor and Senate president onboard.

If that happens, who’s going to get the blame? O’Brien’s enemies fervently believe the politically savvy House leader is trying to set up Lynch and House Democratic leaders as the reason for failure when it happens.