Rep. Christopher Hurst has been taking shots at the folks across the capitol rotunda for a while now over the issue of bail. Hurst let loose with another volley today to reporters. Here are his comments about Sen. Adam Kline and Sen. Mike Carrell:
“I think there is a modicum of respect that’s necessary in the process, and one of those issues is the committee chair sitting down with the other committee chair. This is the first time in the last couple of years where Adam has said, ‘Well, when we’re done with it we’ll tell you.’ That’s now how it works down here. We’re both committee chairs of the same party. Now I know there’s a disagreement between some of the Republicans as well. I think that Rep. (Mike) Hope’s bill from day one has been a better bill. It’s the governor’s bill. And I don’t quite understand why Mike Carrell has found himself in some of the company that he’s with. … It seems odd to see Mike Carrell arguing on behalf of the ACLU and against the law enforcement community. That doesn’t – I don’t quite get that. There’s something missing here.”
Carrell’s office said he tried to bring his latest proposal to Hope but was rebuffed, and that he hasn’t been working with the ACLU, which is opposed to changing the constitution until more study of the issue can be done.
As for Kline: He says he and Hurst have met weekly at least five times since the session began, and the constitutional amendment has come up several times. But he said:
“I’m not going to get in a pissing match with Rep. Hurst. These things need to be dealt with internally, and I’m sorry that Rep. Hurst doesn’t seem to understand that.”