By ELLEN RATHBURN
Providence, RI – Rhode Island's tiny House Republican caucus is now one member smaller. Six of the ten members of the House Republican bloc voted yesterday to expel freshman State Representative Dan Gordon. The vote came after House Minority Leader Brian Newberry wrote to Gordon last week warning that derogatory comments Gordon had made online about his Republican colleagues were out of line. In a letter to Gordon last week, Newberry called the comments "unacceptable," and added that if his behavior did not cease immediately, his expulsion would go to vote.
A second letter from Newberry yesterday confirmed Gordon's removal from the caucus; he will continue to represent his district, but will no longer have access to the Republican offices and staff. Newberry called the separation unfortunate, and wishes Gordon well in his future endeavors.
This is not the first time Representative Gordon has come under fire for his online comments. Earlier this year, he denounced the start up of a Gay-Straight Alliance at Tiverton High School, calling it a place for students to get "sexed-up." Parents, students, and some teachers protested the remark, made on a local website.
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