Remember the Three TEA Party Amigos in the Michigan House?

Remember the Three TEA Party Amigos in the Michigan House?

Rep. Cindy Gamrat, Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Gary Glenn took this town by storm even before they were sworn in. Violating the unwritten rule that newcomers to the legislature should be seen but not heard, the trio fired off a series of  loud news releases.  

Foremost among them was the suggestion that whomever the next Speaker was, he or she should install the Hastert rule whereby no legislation would be discussed unless a majority of House GOP members said they wanted to discuss it. And then in a not-so-subtle suggestion, the trio hinted they could influence the outcome of the race for Speaker.

Eyebrows were raised as the "establishment" players in town wondered who died and made them King-makers.

Editorial writer Nolan Finley chastised them for "not wanting to work with Democrats" to forge compromises. And then later on another Detroit News writer labeled them "firebrands" who were forging an "early alliance."

But alas, Rep. Gary Glenn has apparently canceled his alliance membership and is methodically charting his own course. He basically confirms that, saying he is working on issues that impact his citizens back home. To wit, as a conservative Republican he has joined hands with, what's this, a liberal Democrat from Ann Arbor?

Rep. Jeff Irwin says he working quite well with Mr. Glenn on energy policy.

House GOP Speaker Kevin Cotter has had his challenges with Ms. Gamrat and Mr. Courser but Mr. Glenn has been seen engaged in floor conversations with the speaker and an insider reports he and the Speaker are getting along. Most folks in town would not use that description to describe Mr. Kotter's relationship with the other two.

Mr. Glenn does not want to go into detail but it's pretty obvious to even the most casual observer that he had concerns about  his effectiveness and therefore his own political future via his association with the other two who continue to march to their mutual drummer.

Ms. Gamrat says each lawmaker has his or her own agenda and they do what they need to do. No big deal as far as she is concerned.

But it looks like theThree Amigos are now down to two.
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