Cannon, Randolph trade barbs on use of word 'uterus'

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In response to a claim by Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, that House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, was not happy with his use of the word ?terus?on the House floor, Cannon said Wednesday the word is permitted, reports the News Service of Florida. But Cannon was clearly angered at the attention that has been given to Randolph’s claim. ? think one of the reasons he is probably one of the least effective members of the House Democratic Caucus is he substitutes things that have provocative value or shock value rather than making a policy argument,?Cannon said. ?ot only have I not spoken to him nor reprimanded him, but we have not banned the word uterus from the House floor.?The word was used during a debate on a bill that prohibits paycheck deductions for union dues, Cannon said. Randolph responded to Cannon? comments shortly afterward, saying House Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, and the rules chairman conveyed Cannon? displeasure immediately after the word was uttered on the House floor. Randolph said he is ?ost effective at calling out their radical agenda.?He said a Legislature that is ?ought and sold by the Florida Chamber of Commerce will not let us pass bills that effectively protect the middle class andurotect women from their radical agenda.?Randolph said bringing up the word uterus was making a point that Republicans support deregulation, except when it comes to women? bodies. When asked about fear of retribution, Randolph joked that ? guess my office could be moved to the broom closet.?The so-called ban on the word uterus has gained attention from the national media and even led the ACLU to set up a website called ?ncorporate My Uterus,?based on Randolph? remarks.

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