More dark clouds could be on the horizon for Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal as the legislative session begins, Brad Cooper of the Kansas City Star reports:
Conservative state Rep. Owen Donohoe of Shawnee took aim at O'Neal in a letter he circulated to the House Republican caucus. He ripped into the speaker for nepotism and "abuse of power." He suggested it might be time for a new leader.
"As we approach the 2012 legislative session, I would like to share my concern about the continuous abuse of power and nepotism by Speaker O'Neal which has compromised the integrity of the Republican caucus," says the opening paragraph of the letter.
"I feel that the Speaker's violations will make it extremely difficult to arrive at legislation that is in the best interest of our constituents when it is so compromised from the start," Donohoe wrote in the letter.
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"I believe the Republican caucus should examine its leadership in light of these issues, and determine if this is what we want in our leaders. I would like to know your feelings about these issues."
The Donohoe letter comes just days after O'Neal gained national notoriety for an email he forwarded to lawmakers that compared First Lady Michelle Obama's hair to the Grinch and called her "Mrs. YoMama."
Donohoe criticized the hiring of O'Neal's wife, Cindy, as secretary of the appropriations committee led by Rep. Marc Rhoades of Newton.Go to the Midwest Democracy Project to read more.