From: Bob Franken/CNN
Subject: House To Vote On Keeping Former Rep. Bob Dornan Off The Floor
Congress later today may consider a Democratic resolution calling for the House sergeant-at-arms to remove former California Republican congressman Robert Dornan from the "hall of the House and rooms leading thereto..." until the election he is contesting is resolved.
Though former members of Congress have lifetime floor privileges, Dornan has agreed to not go on the floor.
Dornan lost his Orange County, Calif., seat last year to Democrat Loretta Sanchez by 994 votes. He has since waged a bitter fight to overturn the results, charging voter fraud. His case is scheduled to go before the House Oversight Committee next week.
In the past few weeks, Dornan has appeared on the House floor. Democrats charge he has been pleading his case there; Dornan denies that.
On Wednesday, Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) raised parliamentary questions about Dornan's floor presence. Menendez said that Dornan "verbally assaulted me," used profanity and referred to Menendez as "an un-Catholic coward." Dornan then demanded they step outside and settle it, according to Menendez.
In an interview with CNN this morning, just off the House floor, Dornan said, "I'm trying to be good-natured about this, but when you say to someone, 'Let's be civil, let's go outside and talk this down, I am not discussing the merits of this on the floor, even though I'm entitled to,' and Menendez of New Jersey spins that into a call-out like a high-school or grade-school child, and when he gets up on the floor and lies that I used profanity on the floor when my exact words were 'This is a vile, disgusting fouling...' and I thought I said 'anti-Christian' but he says I said 'anti-Catholic,' maybe I did, to turn one ethnic group against another and play what I called the Johnnie Cochran card."
Said Georgia Democrat John Lewis, "No member should be subjected to abuse on the floor."
But Dornan was defended by Republican Rules Committee Chairman Gerald Solomon, who said, "Dornan is Dornan and would not disrespect another member."
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