4/26/2007

Duke of Pork meets Prince of Wales

Krusee's 'ghost' votes on bills while he's overseas.

By W. Gardner Selby
Austin American Statesman

It’s not every day a state legislator travels overseas while voting in the Texas House.

Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Williamson County, was in London on Thursday while his votes on about 30 pieces of legislation were cast on the House floor.

It gets weirder: Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, said he'd committed to getting Krusee excused Thursday but got diverted by his cell phone fritzing out. Driver left the Capitol for a phone store, delaying his notification to a clerk that Krusee was gone.

In the meantime, Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, could be seen punching in votes for Krusee on routine final approvals of legislation.

Driver even punched in Krusee's votes a few times before his absence was announced at 2:25 p.m.

"It's basically my fault," Driver said later.

House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, said it's up to members to regulate the vote buttons on their desks. Read the rest of the article HERE

1 comment:

Mark said...

He should have reported he would not be present to vote. But the fact that the person (Driver) who was "supposed" to report him absent was actually voting for him makes it seem like Krusee planned it with him. Then, when Driver steps out, Veasey takes over! What kind of representation is this? I'm just shaking my head with disgust.