Rep. Lisa Brown Doesn't Leave Lansing Quietly
The outgoing State Rep. from West Bloomfield — and Oakland County Clerk elect — who made national headlines with controversial 'vagina' speech over the summer blasts GOP House leadership in farewell remarks.
Lisa Brown might be gone from the Michigan House of Representatives floor soon, but she'll likely be remembered long after she leaves — thanks to pointed, negative comments she had for Republican leadership in her farewell address Wednesday.
Brown, a West Bloomfield Democrat and Bloomfield Hills Schools parent, gained international media fame for referring to her vagina in remarks regarding women's issues on the open House floor, on Wednesday left the House floor after two terms representing the 39th District.
Amid her remarks thanking staff, supporters and colleagues, she "stinging attack" for House Republicans that barred from speaking on the floor in response to her controversial June speech, Crain's Detroit Business reported.
"I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge (Rep.) Pete Lund, (House Speaker) Jase Bolger, (Rep.) Jim Stamas, and (Rep.) John Walsh for: gerrymandering me, trying to have me recalled, banning me from speaking, and breaking your promise to have a hearing on my cyberbullying bills," Brown said.
"Instead of the political pranks and stunts, why don't you try and put policy in place that will actually benefit, support and protect the people of Michigan? And to have a committee chair who has hearings on bills that she has not read, even those she has sponsored, is shameful and disrespectful of other people's time."
Crain's reports that the last line is in reference to Rep. Lisa Posthumous Lyons, chairwoman of the Education Committee, where Brown serves as the minority vice chairwoman.
Brown defeated Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard in the November election and takes office in January.