New House Leadership Accuses Calvin Say Of Last Ditch Power Grab

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

In the weeks before Rep. Calvin Say was replaced as speaker of the House of Representatives, he named at least five people to state boards and commissions. Three of them were made in his last week.

Now, those eleventh hour appointments are drawing criticism from the new House leadership which says those selections should have been left up to incoming Speaker Joe Souki.

“Why is he so desperate for these last minute appointments?” said Rep. Scott Saiki, House majority leader. “It’s unfortunate that someone would take advantage of that situation."

But Say says he was merely exercising his prerogative as House speaker. And a recent opinion from the attorney general's office concerning one of the appointments hasn't found anything wrong with his actions.

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