New Speaker...will Irv fight to remain Speaker?
Jan 7, 1997 —
Karen Louise Boothe
While House members in WASHINGTON face the task of electing their SPEAKER amid an ethics controversy surrounding Newt Gingrich....state Representatives in St.Paul are expected to elect speaker-designate Phil Carruthers as their first order of business when they convene at Noon. But as Minnesota Public Radio's Karen-Louise Boothe reports...the shift of power in the state house isn't without its OWN set of controversies either: Irv Anderson, who ruled the House for three years, was deposed as Speaker when a deeply divided DFL state House majority voted in early November to replace him with speaker-designate Phil Carruthers. It was a narrow vote of 37-to-33 that exposed wounds inflicted on Anderson by DFL-ers and Republicans alike who've criticized his leadership style by calling it "good ol