After listening to a recording of a conversation between House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Rep. Dustin Burrows, and conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan in June a few things are clear.
Programming note: the recording is quoted heavily throughout this article, expletives and all.
Lawmakers pay attention to what is said about them on blogs, social media, in papers and at public speeches. Bonnen and Burrows are dripping with self-consciousness. Burrows even quotes a tweet issued by Sullivan during the session calling Burrows “moronic.”
At many points in the conversation, Sullivan was provided with a partial and full list of approved Member targets by both Bonnen and Burrows, respectively. This is in direct contradiction to Bonnen’s denial that “at no point in our conversation was Sullivan provided with a list of target Members.”
On this point, Bonnen appears to be playing a semantics game. It’s unclear from the audio that a physical list ever changed hands but Bonnen and Burrows listed off names throughout the meeting. In fact, Bonnen states, “he’ll show you the list.”
Bonnen in handing Sullivan off to Burrows for an entire list before leaving the room says, “Let’s go after these Republicans and if we’re successful beat some of these liberal pieces of shit.”