No end in sight
The money-chasing tradition in the lead-up to the session — and throughout the rest of the year, too — is unlikely to stop any time soon.
Even Jenne recognizes it’s part of the reality of the Legislature. He is sponsoring a bill to apply the Legislature’s ban on session fundraising to the governor and Cabinet but isn’t sure how far it will go this year.
Jenne is running to be House Democratic Leader in 2020, a position that would require him to help raise money for fellow Democratic House members, so he said he might have to drop his pledge not to ask for campaign money during the weeks before the session when lawmakers hold committee meetings.
“That’s always going to be a problem, and it’s always going to be up to the individual whether or not they jump through hoops for that money,” Jenne said.