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  G.O.P. Fumes as Indiana Recount Is Backed
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Last EditedChronicler  Apr 15, 2007 09:38am
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News DateWednesday, April 24, 1985 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description[New York Times]

By Stephen Engelberg

Washington DC - House Republican leaders warned Speaker Thomas P. OP'Neill that their party would disrupt the House if a disputed Indiana seat was awarded to the Democrat.

At a meeting of nearly two hours, Republican leaders told their Democratic counterparts "It will not be business as usual," according to Trent Lott, the Republican whip. "We didn't frame it as threats or hysteria," he said. "We just said actions will be taken. We didn't specify this or that..."

An aide to the House Democratic leadership said, however, that O'Neill and his colleagues remained determined to seat the incumbent Democrat, Frank McCloskey. Last week, a recount conducted by a House panel concluded that McCloskey had defeated the Republican, Rick McIntyre, by four votes ...

The Democratic aide said that the Democrats' position in the meeting with the Republican leaders was "You guys got your people fired up. The solution is the nonpartisan recount, and we're going to stick by it."

Earlier in the day, the House Committee on Administration voted 12 to 0 to approve the recount despite complaints by Republicans that the panel's decisions had been unfair and partisan. The committee's seven Republicans stormed out of the room rather than be recorded on a roll-call vote to send a motion seating McCloskey to the full House.

"We were told in no uncertain terms that we don't count," said Rep. William M. Thomas of California, the lone Republican on the three-member panel that directed the recount in Indiana. "Why stick around and record a vote when you don't count?" ...

[Over the past two days] Republicans delivered speeches late into the night after the House completed its official business. The speakers included representatives from all wings of the Republican Party and included moderates like Rep. Dick Cheney of Wyoming, who had not previously been associated with the partisan warfare waged by more conservative members of the party.

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