After voting with Democrats once again, this time on an amendment to the "Student Success Act", Rep. Kevin Priola has now decided to resign his position as Republican minority whip in the Colorado House of Representatives. Making a statement concerning his resignation as whip, Priola stated "I felt like keeping the position was holding me to a strict (party) line on votes[.]” He went on to say "I feel good about this; I’ve got better things to do than play their games.”
Apparently Rep. Priola has no clue what a whip does. According to Wikipedia, "A whip is an official in a political party whose primary purpose is to ensure party discipline in a legislature. Whips are a party's "enforcers", who typically offer inducements and threaten punishments for party members to ensure that they vote according to the official party policy."
To be sure, this position was an odd one for Priola to be elected to in the first place. Priola has long history of voting with Democrats on signficant legislation, much of which has damaged the state. Most notably he voted with fellow RINO Amy Stephens in imposing an Obamacare state exchange on Colorado (SB11-200) in 2011.
Other questionable legislation that Priola has supported include:
SB11-008 (Medicaid expansion)
SB11-047 (Diverts funds to “clean energy”)
HB11-1069 (Physical activity mandates on public schools)
HB11-1254 (School bullying state program)
SB11-200 (State Health Care Exchanges-AMYCARE)
HB12-1286 (Corporate Welfare for Film Makers)
H.B. 12-1335 (Annual “Long Bill” state budget-major spending increases)
HB13-1135 (Voting registration for 16 year olds)
SB13-033 (In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants)
At this time, Priola is the only Republican candidate for HD56. Those in his district should think hard about what they are getting themselves into.