State House Speaker Joseph Souki’s coalition of dissident Democrats and Republicans formally took power on Wednesday from former Speaker Calvin Say, but not before the last gasps of the leadership fight played out on the House floor.
Say offered an amendment to the resolution electing Souki as speaker so his loyalists could have the chance to vote for Rep. Marcus Oshiro, his chosen successor. The amendment failed by a voice vote.
Souki was then elected speaker with just seven Democrats voting in opposition.
But the divide was on vivid display in the vote on the resolution naming the leadership and committee assignments, including the three vice chairmanships for Republicans who have backed Souki. The resolution was approved by a 30 to 20 vote, with all 18 Democrats in Say and Oshiro’s camp and two Democrats in Souki’s coalition voting in opposition. Rep. Karl Rhoads, who is part of Souki’s coalition, was absent.
Here was the roll call of “no” votes on the lineup:
*Part of Souki’s coalition