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Susan J. Demas: A Tale of Two Speakers: What Kevin Cotter Could Have Learned from Curtis Hertel Sr.

“He never bragged a lot about stuff. He just quietly did it.” –– State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. on his father, legendary former Speaker Curtis Hertel Sr., who passed away on Easter Sunday

Last week, Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter fired off not one, but two fearmongering press releases about transgender students in Michigan schools.

But when one of his predecessors, Curtis Hertel Sr., unexpectedly passed away at age 63 on Sunday, Cotter could only muster up a trite tweet with his condolences.

This speaks volumes about the current speaker’s priorities.