The Post reports "House Republicans and Democrats Get Testy" ... relaying an exchange while debating a bill at the Rules Committee this morning. They write:
... Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta) started to use the term "Democrat friends" when he was quickly interrupted.Broth-er!
"Excuse me, did he say Democrat?'' House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry) asked. "I believe it's Democratic." [emphasis added]
Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) defended Landes. "Friends was the important word,'' he said.
"Actually grammar matters. Sorry, Mr. Speaker," Del. Kristen J. Amundson (D-Fairfax) said.
When Landes resumed talking, he stayed away from the word and used the safer term "friends from the other side" instead.