Proclaiming himself "a good listener," Speaker-elect Ron Richard said his mantra was to work with all sides. While he will hew to Republican principles, Richard said, his door is open to the new governor, Democrat Jay Nixon.
"We will bend and try to get along when we can," said Richard, a former mayor of Joplin, Mo. He even reached out to the capital press corps, saying he plans regular breakfast briefings.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Post-Dispatch article: Richard will work across party lines
Ron Richard, R-Joplin, will work across party lines when he becomes Speaker of the House in January, according to a profile in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: