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Harper Votes Present On Resolution Honoring Newton

December 16, 2010
tags: Cam Newton, Gregg Harper
by Brett

Congress passes resolutions with great regularity honoring individuals, organizations, teams, and anyone else they feel worthy. Generally speaking it is some of the least controversial work a lawmaker faces. Unless, you are honoring a man whose father admitted illegally shopping his son’s services and is the part of an NCAA investigation currently going on. Add to that, you are in SEC country where school alliances are as thick as blood.

That may be part of the reason 15 Congressmen voted against a resolution honoring Heisman Trophy winner and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, with another 18 voting present. You can read more about the vote here. In early 2009, the House voted 394-0 on a resolution honoring Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford after he won the Heisman just to add some reference points on how these things usually work.

Among the lawmakers voting present was Rep. Gregg Harper. Harper’s district, you may realize, includes Mississippi State University. State- or a couple people affiliated with the school- first “outed” Newton, at least his father Cecil, as wanting $180,000 for his son’s signature on national signing day.

Mississippi’s three Democratic lawmakers- Travis Childers, Bennie Thompson, and Gene Taylor- all supported the resolution. Childers’ district includes another SEC foe- Ole Miss- but I guess that wasn’t reason enough for him to oppose the Newton resolution. And, of course, Childers will soon be leaving the House.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Fake Cecil Newton permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:18 pm

    I’d gladly take $180,000 over some House resolution any day of the week.

    • Zorro permalink
      December 17, 2010 12:42 am

      Why aren’t amateur status lobbyists up in arms about the NCAA’s sweeping this matter under the rug?

  2. DLSL permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:08 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that our lawmakers have time to vote on such important matters. I mean, who’s really worried about tax rates anyway?

  3. Amber permalink
    December 16, 2010 3:29 pm

    How did the Mississippi reps vote on DADT?

    • December 16, 2010 4:02 pm

      No surprises: Thompson voted for the repeal; Taylor, Childers, Harper opposed repeal.

  4. Amber permalink
    December 16, 2010 10:14 pm

    Thanks! Mark Ingram winning last year was a joyous experience. Cam’s was a dud. That speech was terrible.

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