Buttars is lying low in aftermath
He spends time in private discussions with colleagues, then leaves the Capitol earlyBy Cathy McKitrick The Salt Lake Tribune
Referring to Sen. Buttars dealing with the fallout from his racially charged comment.
Sen. Chris Buttars [R-UT] spent another short day at the Legislature, trying to weather the fallout from his racially charged comment.
The West Jordan lawmaker spent much of Friday's Senate floor time in private discussions and left early, turning over the chairman's gavel of the afternoon Senate Health and Human Services committee hearing to Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden.
"My sense is he's very distraught," Senate President John Valentine said Friday.
The regional president of the NAACP has called on Buttars to resign for a comment he made Tuesday during a heated Senate floor debate on an issue with heavy impact to Buttars' district.
One lawmaker referred to SB48 as the ugly baby bill. Buttars, during a passionate speech, picked up on the metaphor, saying, "This baby is black. It is a dark, ugly thing."
Valentine later announced there had been a breach of decorum and gave Buttars the floor. He apologized, denying racist intent.
The NAACP's Jeanetta Williams called for his resignation and the remark has caused something of a firestorm, with online comments, e-mails and letters to the editor.
Majority Leader Curtis Bramble said he spent 45 minutes with Buttars in Senate offices Friday morning talking about a range of issues.
"He was questioning, last session and during the interim, whether to run for re-election because of his health," Bramble said.
Resignation did not come up during recent conversations, said Valentine and Bramble. "I think the case is over and done," said Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan. "He'll make his decision [about his future in the Legislature] in three weeks."
Incendiary remark. AUDIO: Mp3 Source http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_8280071
"This baby is black.
It is a dark, ugly thing."
Utah Senator Butters
Butters grew up in Clarkston, Utah in the 1950s. Clarkston then was about 800 people sharing the same five last names. Even in Cache Valley in the 50s, Clarkston was notorious for parochialism and in-breeding. His parents had to have been 2nd cousins if not 1st cousins. There was a joke that everybody moved into the ward house when the snow got deep during the winter, stayed there until the spring came then divided up the children that had been born and started living as families again. There may be some truth to it.
Butters is the intellectual equivalent of someone that grew up in the far end of a holler in West Virginia.
Butters is related to a former brother-in-law but I don't want to talk about it. -----Original Message-----
Maybe Buttars came from North Africa . . . Herodotus described a tribe there who had sex whenever, wherever, and with whomever they wanted "like animals." It was rude to say "No." Each year, the children who had turned a certain age during the prior year were gathered together for a ceremony in which tribal leaders assigned the father of the child based on resemblance.
"WHAT COMES OUT OF THE MOUTH, COMES FROM THE HEART."