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New House Democrat Leader Warns on Right to Work

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The new House Democratic Leader is warning republicans to stay away from the right to work issue or risk the loss of bi-partisan cooperation on other issues.

 

 

After just being elected to the House eight months ago, Oakland County Rep. Tim Greimel, the new House democratic Leader, defeated more senior members of the caucus for the top leadership spot. He has more more seats, but still not the majority which means if he wants to get anything done, he will have to work with the majority republicans.

The GOP Speaker met with his counterpart on Wednesday, and while they reached no conclusions, Greimel was blunt with the Speaker on right to work: it would be poisonous to push it.

"If they push that, it will certainly make our relationship with republcians very difficult. it could complicate both sides ability to work with one another," said Greimel.

The new leader met with reporters and told them he and the speaker also talked about the rep.-elect brain banks problem.

Finally, what would the democrats do if Speaker Bolger is indicted by the grand jury for tampering with an election in Grand Rapids? Could he continue as Speaker?

"It's very difficult for a speaker to continue on, any Speaker, to continue on in office as speaker if they are indicted and going through a criminal procedure," said Greimel.

With all these heady issues, the new leader will find this won't be a walk through the park.

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