Cannon says goodbye as “luckiest man alive”by John Kennedy | March 8th, 2012
While some term-limited House and Senate members have taken to the floor for lengthy goodbyes this spring, House Speaker Dean Cannon took a modest, six minutes Thursday to look back on his two years at the House helm.
Cannon recalled arriving in the Legislature when the state treasury was flush with cash. But over his time in office, the recession drained tax receipts and reserves. That, Cannon said, caused some people to question whether he ever felt he had lost the “speaker lottery.”
Instead, Cannon called himself, “the luckiest man alive.” He also offered colleagues some parting advice.
“Please don’t let fear or controversy or anxiety about re-election keep you from attacking the status quo,” Cannon said. “If you spend your entire time in the Legislature without upsetting an editorial board or two, or making people angry, then you need to question whether your time was well spent.
“And lastly, don’t be afraid of the future. Because for me, what was once my future, is now my past,” concluded Cannon, who has no immediate plans to continue in elected office. “As I look back on my time…I feel I did win the ‘speaker lottery.”