Bob Davis read a letter during the 8:00 a.m. hour of his radio program this morning authored by an anonymous Republican legislator that was sent to members of the Republican Caucus. The text is not available anywhere online at this time, so I transcribed it from Bob's reading of the letter on-air. The text is available below.
After speaking with several contacts, I have a pretty good idea of who may have written the letter. While I wouldn't want to see that information divulged publicly, I would love to get something going to help that individual in the future. We'll see what comes of this and what we can do to make that happen.
The letter was likely instigated in part by a breakfast held last week by House Republican Speaker Kurt Zellers for freshmen members of the Republican House Caucus. In it, Zellers blasted the members for voting according to their beliefs. He said that they needed to moderate and start voting more in order to get re-elected. There have also been stories about Zellers calling members to his office and yelling at them for voting too "radically."
The text of the letter read in part as follows. You can hear Bob's reading of the letter online at http://www.ktlkfm.com/pages/mornings.html. It is the ninth minute of the 8:00 a.m. hour.
"Dear members, dear leadership, dear chairs, dear Brave Twelve: Today is a sad day…. We are in trouble as a state. Our supporters are not happy with us. By voting with the party, i.e. the status quo, we are saying we are no better off than the Democrats. I hope we can grow a spine and say no. No more spending, no more government growth, and no more new programs. Also, it is time for the leadership to stop treating you like you have some disease. We all have election certificates. I feel that if we were used for our true conservative principles, and now that you have the majority, the true conservatives are being pushed aside because they don’t represent the rest of the caucus. Horribly disgusting. I wish I wouldn’t have gotten in to this mess."