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Uterus uproar? Silly, House Speaker says

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 by Dara Kam

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon said there’s nothing to a Democrat’s accusations that he was scolded for saying ‘uterus’ on the House floor during debate last week.

State Rep. Scott Randolph’s suggestion that his wife should “incorporate her uterus” to keep government out of it went national this week with his appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show.

The to-do prompted a fashion craze in the Capitol this week – women (and men) are sporting pink buttons bearing the word ‘UTERUS’ on them.

Randolph said he was chastised by GOP leaders for saying ‘uterus’ on the floor.

“That is silly,” Cannon, R-Winter Park, told reporters this morning. Cannon said he hasn’t spoken with Randolph, D-Orlando, in weeks.

The Speaker said he never banned the use of the word ‘uterus’ and went on to bash Randolph, who used the term during debate on a union bill.

“One of the reasons why he is probably one of the least effective members of the Democratic caucus is he substitutes things that have provocative value or shock value rather than making a policy argument,” Cannon said. “Not only have I not spoken to him, not reprimanded him, nor had any conversation with him, we haven’t banned the word uterus from the floor.”

Randolph, also a lawyer, disagreed.

“I think I’m the most effective at calling out their radical agenda,” Randolph said. “A Legislature that is bought and sold by the Florida Chamber of Commerce will not let us pass bills that effectively protect the middle-class and effectively protect women from their radical agenda.”

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