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Rep. Lisa Brown Leaves Lansing With a Blast At 'Political Pranks And Stunts'


November 28, 2012, 10:50 PM

Rep. Lisa Brown West Bloomfield Michigan
Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield
It's widely known that Lisa Brown speaks frankly, so pointed comments at the end of a farewell address are right in character. 

The Democratic state representative from West Bloomfield made global news in June by referring to her vagina during an abortion bill debate. Now, as she leaves after two terms to become Oakland County clerk, the 45-year-old lawmaker tells what she really thinks about certain Republicans.

"I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge Pete Lund, Jase Bolger, Jim Stamas, and John Walsh for: gerrymandering me, trying to have me recalled, banning me from speaking and breaking your promise to have a hearing on my cyberbullying bills," Brown said in a floor speech Wednesday, Chris Gautz reports from Lansing in Crain's Detroit Business.

"Instead of the political pranks and stunts, why don't you try and put policy in place that will actually benefit, support and protect the people of Michigan? And to have a committee chair who has hearings on bills that she has not read, even those she has sponsored, is shameful and disrespectful of other people's time."

Gautz, describing Brown's finale as "a stinging attack," fills in the context:

That last line was aimed squarely at Rep. Lisa Posthumous Lyons, R-Alto, chairwoman of the Education Committee, where Brown serves as the minority vice chairwoman.

Last summer, Speaker Bolger barred Brown from speaking publicly on the floor a day after she said this while opposing a bill to regulate abortion providers and reproductive health clinics: “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but no means no,” 


Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business


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