Statement by Senator Stratton Taylor,
Senate President Pro Tempore
"I think it's insulting to Senator Monson to suggest that she cannot think for herself or make her own decisions. For some reason, the Governor and others seem to believe that she is less of a Senator simply because she is an African American woman. I find that insulting on a number of different levels."
"I also think it's important to point out that while Senator Monson has raised policy concerns about the Commerce appointment, neither she nor anyone else in the Senate has said anything negative about Mr. Perry during this process. Ironically, all of the name-calling has been coming from his supporters."
"If Senator Monson wants to hold a hearing for Mr. Perry, I will support her. If she decides not to hold a hearing, I will support her. It is her decision and her decision alone."