[UPDATE] 5-5 9:51 -
Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, held a news conference outside the House chamber on Wednesday to continue to demand apologies from her Democratic colleagues for an incident she claims happened after she voted with Republicans on a couple of measures earlier this week. Campbell says Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, threw a pen at her and yelled at her after she voted for an anti-abortion measure. Campbell says she’ll remain a Democrat, but that the leaders of the caucus and Randolph owe her an apology. Other House Democrats held a news conference a short time later at which some who sit near Campbell on the floor said they didn’t see the incident she says happened – and in a bizarre piece of theater showed video of the floor that day that doesn’t appear to show anything out of the ordinary in the minutes after the abortion vote. House Democratic spokesman Mark Hollis also said that House Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, who sent out a public apology for the perceived slight earlier this week, also had already apologized privately, as had Randolph. Campbell said both still owe her an apology. Campbell also alleged earlier this week that unnamed Democrats “held me hostage” in the “bubble” conference room at the back of the House chamber after the incident in an effort to keep her quiet about it.
Tallahassee, Florida 5-5 7:53am
She was one of the few Democrats to vote yes on a package of Republican abortion bills, and now, state representative Daphne Campbell claims she's being intimidated by members of her own party, and asking for a public apology.
Daphne Campbell is blazing new territory here in Tallahassee.
A freshman Democrat with unique views and a loud voice.
Just last week, Campbell joined with the house's majority republicans in approving legislation to restrict access to abortion.
Campbell claims that after the vote, Orlando democrat Scott Randolph tossed a stack of documents in her face and threw her pen in the trash.
The House Democratic Leader publicly condemned the outburst.
Campbell announced she is now demanding a public apology from Randolph and the democratic caucus:
"It is extremely sad that abortion can be published and promoted but my opinion can be tarnished and scandalized. It is absurdly wrong, it is extremely unfair for any Democratic member to be treated that way!"
Randolph has yet to comment publicly on the matter, but has implied Campbell's abortion vote could cost her re-election.
He does say he offered a private apology.
In the wake of the 2010 election, house Democrats now make up just one-third of the 120-member chamber.
Republicans have what's known as a super-majority, giving them near-absolute authority to set the agenda, limit debate, and pass even highly controversial legislation.