Republican House freshman Michael Speciale (HD-03) has attracted public attention with his intemperate remarks and sponsorship of extremist legislation. In this section of our website, we intend to keep an eye on Representative Speciale's future activities.
opposed House Bill 930 which would require puppy mills to provide dogs with food and water, clean bedding, daily exercise and veterinary care and humane euthanasia when needed. Speciale believed the language of the bill was ambiguous and stated on the House floor: "'Exercise on a daily basis' – if I kick him across the floor, is that considered daily exercise? 'Euthanasia performed humanely' – so should I choose the ax or the baseball bat?" When a fellow Representative called his remarks "disgusting," Speciale said, "I will debate as I believe to be most effective, and I will not succumb to political correctness." Read more: Speciale defends comments on puppy mill bill (WRAL.com)
was a cosponsor of House Bill 17, which would remove the prohibition on Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) holders carrying a concealed firearm into any establishment licensed to serve alcohol.
, fired off an angry email calling state NAACP leader Rev. William Barber's comments racist. Speciale's email opened the door for Barber to unleash another attack on a Republican legislator.
Read more: House freshman Calls NAACP Chief 'racist' in Email (WRAL.com)
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