STATE BILL COLORADO
There’ll be no Michael Bennet, out-of-the-blue style appointments for Colorado’s House speaker.
Terrance Carroll today picked Pueblo Democrat Buffie McFadyen as speaker pro tem, succeeding Kathleen Curry, who affiliated away from the Democratic Party last week.
It’s a safe choice, based on a State Bill Colorado analysis published early today. To read that analysis, click here. As expected, Carroll elevated current agriculture committee vice chair Randy Fischer to the chairmanship, also previously held by Curry. In a second big appointment for Pueblo, Sal Pace was handed Fischer’s vice chair spot. Curry gets to keep her committee seats: ag and appropriations.
The speaker pro tem job technically is the No. 2 job in the House, but it has relatively few political duties and/or requirements and is seen as largely ceremonial. A bigger office is part of the lure.
Bennet is the now U.S. senator whose appointment in early 2009 by Gov. Bill Ritter shocked Dem insiders.