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Nobody Wins House Speakership

January 8, 1996
By: Phill Brooks
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House has rejected the Democratic candidate for House speaker, leaving a leadership crisis in the House as it enters the 2nd week of the 1996 legislative session. Phill Brooks has the story from Jefferson City:

The House vote clearly caught Democrats off guard.

You could hear it in the hesitation of out-going House Speaker Bob Griffin who announced the results:

Actuality: Griff02
OutCue: (sound down)
Contents: [162K WAV file - House speaker announces to the House nobody was elected speaker.]

Griffin immeidately gaveled the session to a close...but with no clear indication just how Democrats are going to achieve party unity.

No caucus of House Democrats has been scheduled.

The Democratic speaker candidate, Sam Leake, refused interviews and left the captiol by early evening.

His office said he was taking his wife back home.


Also see House rollcall vote on speaker.

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